Smithsonian Channel, a ViacomCBS network, has commissioned British factual producer Rare TV to produce the six-part docuseries Ice Airport Alaska.
The series will provide exclusive access inside Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, which serves as one of the world’s busiest cargo airports and is located 9.5 flying hours from 90% of the industrialized world. Exclusive access will also be granted to Alaska Airlines, U.S. Customs and Border, TSA, as well as airport police and contractors.
Ice Airport Alaska will chronicle the daily challenges of the airport staff who manage to keep the facility open, freight flowing and passengers flying all despite weather that regularly dips to -38 Fahrenheit and wind speeds that typically exceed 100 mph.
The series is slated to premiere across Smithsonian Channel this fall.
“Our viewers love aviation programming, especially when it combines unique access and drama, and this series reveals the extreme challenges that Ted Stevens Airport faces on a daily basis,” said Smithsonian Networks’ Royle in a statement. “Viewers also have a longstanding fascination with Alaska, mainly because of its intense weather conditions and captivating characters.”