Travelers have lots of questions about next summer’s travel. Will there be cars for hire? Will it still be necessary to wear masks on planes?
But one question keeps coming up: Will Anchorage have international flights next summer?
Five airlines have drawn up plans and filed schedules to fly internationally, now that more international travelers can come to the United States. It takes a lot of planning.
You can go online and buy tickets with four of the five carriers.
And yet, after all this planning, the answer is a “maybe”.
Condor is offering non-stop flights from Anchorage to Frankfurt starting May 21. Condor’s non-stop flights will operate on Saturdays and Sundays until September 24. Condor will also make a third weekly flight on Thursday, starting June 9. Thursday flights stop at Fairbanks before flying. on the pole.
I think there is a very good chance that Condor will fly this summer. From next week, Europeans will again be allowed to travel to the United States, provided they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Travelers on Condor earn Alaska Airlines loyalty miles. You can also burn your Alaska miles on Condor, although I was only able to book Condor flights through Seattle.
Prices for Condor’s first flights in May start at around $ 920 round trip. Condor has been on this route for 20 years. Once again, the airline is linking to a 767-300.
Another German airline, Eurowings Discover, plans to offer three flights per week (Monday, Thursday and Saturday) between Anchorage and Frankfurt, starting June 13. Eurowings is a subsidiary of Lufthansa. “Eurowings Discover is fully integrated into the Lufthansa network. Thus, travelers can benefit from direct connections and seamless transfers to and from all German and European destinations of Lufthansa, ”writes Leonie Bueb, spokesperson for the airline.
Direct Eurowings flights are scheduled until September 8. The prices are high: over $ 1,500 per person round trip. However, I expect that to change as summer approaches.
Although Eurowings does not have its own loyalty plan, Lufthansa is a member of Star Alliance. So, if you have a United Airlines “Mileage Plus” account or Lufthansa’s “Miles and More” plan, you can earn miles with Eurowings.
Eurowings plans to bring a newer aircraft on the road, an Airbus of the A330-200 or -300 series.
Icelandair will again offer non-stop flights twice a week from Anchorage to Reykjavik International Airport in Keflavik. Flights are scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays, from May 16 to September 19.
The flight time on Icelandair’s 757 is seven hours and 20 minutes. Icelandair is a partner of Alaska Airlines, so frequent travelers can earn and burn miles with Icelandair.
From Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik Airport, travelers can travel to many Nordic capitals including Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen. Currently, Icelandair’s lowest advertised price for non-stop service is $ 745 round trip. But I expect those prices to change as summer approaches.
Flying west from Anchorage, Yakutia Airlines offers the only non-stop flights from Anchorage to Asia. In this case, it is Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula.
Mark Dudley works with Air Russia in Seattle. Air Russia charters the 737-800 from Yakutia, which actually starts every flight in the Siberian city of Yakutsk, along the Lena River. The first stop is in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and then in Anchorage. Yakutia’s schedule this year begins July 11 and ends August 29. The flight lasts a little over four hours.
Most of the passengers on each flight are anglers who participate in trips organized by fly fishing companies. Fishermen want to fish in the wild rivers along the Kamchatka Peninsula. After arriving at the airport near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, they take helicopters to river camps or lodges. Round-trip prices start at approximately $ 1,230 per person plus tax.
All visitors to Russia need a visa. Dudley recommends working with a visa agency like Red Star Trip in Seattle.
To learn more about fly fishing packages in Kamchatka, check out the online offers of The Fly Shop in Redding, California.
Beyond the allure of fishing, Kamchatka is a Mecca for adventure travelers. There are volcanoes, geysers, and all kinds of hiking and camping adventures. Red rivers is a local company that offers a variety of packages for independent travelers.
Dudley expects to have tickets available for summer flights later this month.
Air Canada is the fifth international airline to schedule flights to and from Anchorage this summer. The airline is planning a daily flight between May 11 and September 13, with a 737 MAX 8 on the route.
Air Canada is a member of United’s Star Alliance, so you can earn United miles on every flight.
If those limited nonstop flights don’t fit your schedule next summer, there will be more nonstop flights to international hubs like Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York. But it’s good to have non-stop and over-the-top options again this summer.
I keep my fingers crossed that all the planning going on results in actual flights.