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Craig Campbell named interim head of Anchorage Airport

Craig Campbell has accepted an appointment to serve as the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Interim Airport Manager until a permanent replacement can be named. The position has been vacant since the previous airport manager, Jim Szczesniak, left in February to take a job at a Houston Airport System in Texas.

Campbell comes with extensive aviation and aerospace experience, with over 35 years in the United States Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard. He served as the Alaska Aerospace Corporation’s President and Chief Executive Officer from 2012 to 2018. Additionally, he has over 15 years of aviation consulting experience including serving as project manager for numerous projects throughout Alaska’s aviation system, and managing projects at the Anchorage and Fairbanks airports. He is a former lieutenant governor.

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“I am pleased to have Craig step into this role,” said John Binder, DOT&PF Deputy Commissioner for Aviation. “Mr. Campbell has extensive aviation and aerospace management experience, and will provide ANC a steady hand until a permanent Airport Manager can be selected.”

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is the second busiest cargo airport in the Unites States and the fourth busiest in the world. It contributes significantly to Alaska’s economy, as one in every 10 jobs in Anchorage are associated with the airport. The airport is the gateway Alaska for both passengers and cargo.

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Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. And nothing will change. You can rearrange the leadership chairs on the Anchorage Airport Titanic all you want, but it’s still going down because Governor Dunleavy refuses to take corrective action on known problems. I guess it’s time Charlie Pierce gets a call from us. Results, not rhetoric.

  2. Robert, If you have specific recommendations to improve operations at Anchorage International Airport, please post them here or send them to me at my airport email. Nothing will change until we deal in specifics.

  3. Did you miss the comments when Jim left, Mr. Campbell? It appears you might be missing a key to what you are requesting.

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