Poll shows breakdown of world’s top twenty air cargo hubs

by Canadian Shipper

According to a poll conducted by the International Transport Journal, HONG KONG International Airport ranks first in Asia and third worldwide for cargo, experiencing a 13.3 per cent increase in cargo volume last year. Ten of the world’s top 20 cargo hubs are located in the US, six in Asia and four in Europe. This breakdown shadows the current cargo flow worldwide.

In the US, the top cargo handler remains Memphis, the FedEx shipments hub. Its throughput last year was 2.48 million tonnes, up 3.2 per cent over its 1999 figure.
Memphis was followed by Los Angeles International (LAX) which handled 2.25 million tonnes of cargo, an increase of 5.2 per cent over its 1999 total. Hong Kong handled 2.24 million tonnes of cargo.

In Europe, Paris Charles de Gaulle held 13th spot in the top 20 with 1.5 million tonnes of cargo, and London Heathrow followed closely behind with 1.3 million tonnes.

The top twenty were as follows, in millions of tonnes: 1.Memphis (2.48 mt); 2.Los Angeles (2.25 mt); 3.Hong Kong (2.24 mt); 4.Miami (1.99 mt); 5.Tokyo Narita (1.875 mt); 6.Anchorage (1.872 mt); 7.Seoul Kimpo (1.84 mt); 8.New York JFK (1.18 mt); 9.Frankfurt (1.73 mt); 10.Singapore Changi (1.7 mt); 11.Chicago ORD (1.64 mt); 12.Louisville SDF (1.51 mt); 13.Paris CDG (1.5 mt); 14.London Heathrow (1.3 mt); 15.Indianapolis IND (1.28 mt); 16.Amsterdam Schiphol (1.21 mt); 17.Taipei Chiang Kai-Shek (1.19 mt); 18.New York Newark (1.08 mt); 19.Osaka Kansai (0.966 mt); and 20.Dallas Fort Worth (0.898 mt).

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