For those traveling through Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport anytime soon, you may notice changes throughout the airport, including at the airport’s security checkpoints and inside passenger terminals.
Air travel means spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which puts you into close contact with other people. As travel slowly recovers, planes are becoming more crowded, which means you will likely sit close to other people, often for hours, which raises your risk.
Alaska DOT says on June 6 a crewmember tested positive for COVID-19. Upon learning the news, Alaska DOT announced Tustumena passengers and crew members were returning to Homer where they will be tested and quarantined once they dock.
Ted Stevens International Airport has earned the title of busiest airport in the world on multiple occasions since the pandemic started. The airport manager said it's a result of cargo planes still going through the airport. It's expected to return closer to their normal rankings once travel picks up again.
Alaskans can cross over into the U.S. border from Canada according to Customs and Border Protection. For those traveling into Canada, it's recommended to call ahead to find out if you'll be allowed to cross.
Holland America Line and Princess Cruises - two separate subsidiaries, both of which are under Carnival Corporation - operate cruises in multiple countries around the world. Both have extended a freeze of sailings and say many Alaska openings won't take place at all in 2020.
All travelers entering the state are supposed to fill out a form about their travel history and where they are going to self-quarantine. At this time, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management say they are still working on enforcing the measure.
If you book a flight before March 12 and then decide by that date to change or cancel your trip, you'll receive full travel credit to fly later. Alaska Airlines is giving those who use this option a year to use the credit.
The only main line vessel currently operating for the Alaska Marine Highway System will have to be dry docked in Ketchikan for repairs. M/V Columbia will come online mid-April to fill the gaps in service.
On Thursday, Ravn Airlines resumed regularly scheduled flights to Dutch Harbor for the first time since a fatal crash in October. Currently, the new flights are being carried out on smaller planes, with fewer trips per day.
The last ferry of the year departs Cordova on Friday, leaving the coastal community, one of several, without ferry service for months. That gap in service is because of the Alaska Marine Highway System's Winter schedule. Communities across the state are preparing for what some say will be a harsh Winter without that service.