JUNEAU — Air Force One is scheduled to make a brief stop at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Friday afternoon as President Donald Trump flies from Washington, D.C., to Japan.
The president is not scheduled to make any public appearances during the stopover. Local air traffic will be affected, according to the FAA’s Notices to Airmen system, and flight delays may result for passengers traveling through Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Alaska is a frequent refueling stop for international air traffic between the East Coast and Asia, and Air Force One often refuels in the state. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan met Pope John Paul II in Fairbanks when both officials were on flights that simultaneously refueled in Alaska.
President Trump last visited Anchorage in February, speaking to JBER soldiers and airmen during a flight from Vietnam to Washington.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy will be in Juneau on Friday and is not expected to meet with the president, who is en route to a three-day state visit to Japan, where he will be the first world leader to meet new Japanese Emperor Naruhito.
A spokesman for the governor’s office said he had no information about the president’s stopover. Public affairs staff at JBER referred questions to the White House but confirmed the planned stop. A White House spokeswoman had no comment on the record when contacted by email.