Hong Kong International breaks the 5 million tonne barrier

For much of 2017, Hong Kong International Airport’s year-over-year cargo handle growth was in double digits. With tougher 2016 comparisons, that growth rate dropped slightly in November and December, but December’s 6.3% y-o-y increase was enough to push HKG’s full year handle over 5 million tonnes – the first airport ever to hit that mark. […]

December 2017: Strong demand, but slower growth

Although demand for air freight remained strong through November 2017, beginning in September 2017, the year-over-year rate of demand growth began to fall from the double-digit heights achieved in the first eight months of the year as the tougher comparisons of late 2016 began to kick in. This trend continued into December. Early reports from […]

Shanghai joins the 4-million-tonne club

Until now, only two cities in the world – Hong Kong and Memphis – could boast that their airports handled more than 4 million tonnes of air cargo per year. But, according to the Shanghai Airport Authority, as of today, 15 December, Shanghai joined the 4-million-tonne club. Unlike Hong Kong and Memphis, which only have […]

World’s Top 50 Cargo Airports — Part I

According to data supplied by the Airports Council International (ACI), airports worldwide handled a total of 103.1 million tonnes of freight (not including mail) in 2016, up 4.0% over the 2015 total. Of the almost 2,500 ACI member airports, 1,600 reported handling some freight, with the fifty busiest airports handling 69.1 million tonnes, 67.1% of […]

Top 20 cargo airports for 2016

According to preliminary data from the Airports Council International, total cargo handled (loaded and unloaded freight and mail) by airports worldwide in 2016 was up 3.3% over 2015 to about 106 million tonnes. International freight handled was up 4.3% to about 66 million tonnes, accounting for a little more than 62% of the total volume. […]
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