If you’re flying to Kotzebue, we suggest that you book your commercial flight to Anchorage.
Flying to Anchorage from the Lower 48
Anchorage is Alaska’s main transportation hub and offers the greatest selection of flights both within Alaska and across lower 48 destinations. The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport has close to 200 flights a day. Because of this, most trips to Alaska begin here.
Direct flights to Anchorage (ANC) are available from Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Some of these direct connections may be operated only during the summer. There are no direct flights to Alaska from the east coast.
Airlines that offer flights to Anchorage, AK
Alaska Airlines (our #1 choice)
We suggest that you book your entire itinerary through Alaska Airlines with Kotzebue as your final destination.
Sometimes travelers can save significant funds by taking the “Red-Eye” flight to Anchorage which departs Seattle just after midnight and lands in the morning. Check Alaska Airlines website for schedules. And just make sure you don’t confuse the 01:15 departure times and get to the airport on the wrong day!
Flying to Kotzebue from Anchorage
You’ll need to book a flight to Kotzebue (OTZ) from Anchorage (ANC) with Alaska Airlines. Schedules can vary so check in advance.
- Arriving on the day you’re scheduled to go into the field DOES NOT leave enough time.
- You will need to plan on being in Kotzebue the day/evening **PRIOR** to your scheduled departure date, making sure you secure a place in town for the night to lay your head.
- Here are some places to stay in Kotzebue.
Going Back Home
At the end of your hunt, you’ll want to stay in a Hotel/B&B on the day you’re scheduled to come out of the field. Book your flight back home that next afternoon out of Kotzebue.