Anchorage airport releases final master plan, putting off new runway

nherz@adn.comDecember 11, 2013 

Ted Stevens International Airport released a final master plan Wednesday night that mirrors a draft released earlier this year, putting off the construction of a controversial new runway unless there's a substantial rise in air traffic in the future.

The plan calls for the airport's development to occur in phases, depending on demand from airlines, according to a summary provided by the master plan's project manager.

"We will plan proactively, and only implement airport capacity improvements that demand shows necessary," the project manager, Evan Pfahler, said in an email.

The plan was presented Wednesday evening at the Coast International Inn. The airport will continue to take public comments before publishing a final report early next year.

More information on the plan can be found at, where comments can also be submitted.

Reach Nathaniel Herz at or 257-4311.


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