Staff Reports

Top 50 Cargo Airports: Which air hubs rose or fell?

Generally, the list of the Top 50 largest cargo airports didn’t change drastically, year-over-year, in 2016. Most of the largest hubs stayed in roughly the same ranking, with a few swapping one or two positions up or down. The airfreight market has become highly concentrated, ACI said, with the Top 50 air cargo hubs handling […]

The Freight 50: The world’s top carriers return to cargo growth

In an industry as cyclical as the airfreight sector, good news is usually followed by a period of mild trepidation. “If demand is up one month, surely it will fall the next months,” goes the general wisdom of veteran air carrier executives who know how the airfreight rollercoaster works. So, after the bump in airfreight […]

The Freight 50: A strong finish to 2016

A strong finish In some ways, 2016 came in like a lamb for the airfreight industry and went out like a lion – one whose roar can still be heard today as the surge in demand carried well into 2017. IATA’s WATS report noted that the particularly strong peak season in 2016 “coincided with a […]

Freight 50: Top 50 Carriers Chart

Sources: IATA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Cargo Facts database, 2017 *See “Breakdown of Carriers Within Groups” chart for individual airlines within groups **Did not appear on Freight 50 last year. Figures include both freight and mail. (Go to next page for rest of chart)

The Freight 50: Breakdown of carriers within groups

No such thing as perfection We at Air Cargo World and Cargo Facts are proud of the nearly comprehensive portrait that this Freight 50 listing paints for the air cargo carrier business. But a perfect list is nearly impossible to compile in this maddeningly complex industry. We use multiple sources, including IATA, U.S. DOT and […]

On the Rise: Top 40 cargo airports provide glimpses of future growth

Sometimes all it takes is a shift in strategy from a single carrier to make an impact on airport freight traffic. Qatar Airways Cargo, for instance, has been ramping up its airfreight routes for the last couple of years, seeking more high-value cargo, such as pharmaceuticals, and forming joint ventures with other airlines, such as […]

Top 40 airport rankings: Which ones rose? Which fell?

Kings of the hill The top three airports on the total air cargo list remain unchanged from the year before – Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) with 4.46 million tonnes, followed by FedEx hub Memphis International (MEM), with 4.29 million tonnes and Shanghai’s Pudong International (PVG), with 3.26 million tonnes. Trans-shipment specialist Anchorage swapped fourth […]

Top 40 airport rankings: International Cargo 2015

THE TOP 40 Based on 2015 tonnage data submitted by more than 2,200 commercial airports in 160 countries, Airports Council International has ranked the world’s top 40 largest-capacity cargo airports and divided them into three categories: Total airfreight handled, domestic airfreight handled and international airfreight handled. Below are the top listings for international cargo traffic […]

Top 40 airport rankings: Domestic Cargo 2015

THE TOP 40 Based on 2015 tonnage data submitted by more than 2,200 commercial airports in 160 countries, Airports Council International has ranked the world’s top 40 largest-capacity cargo airports and divided them into three categories: Total airfreight handled, domestic airfreight handled and international airfreight handled. Below are the rankings for domestic cargo in 2015: […]

Top 40 airport rankings: Total Cargo 2015

THE TOP 40 Based on 2015 tonnage data submitted by more than 2,200 commercial airports in 160 countries, Airports Council International has ranked the world’s top 40 largest-capacity cargo airports and divided them into three categories: Total airfreight handled, domestic airfreight handled and international airfreight handled. Below are the rankings for the total cargo handled […]

UPS to expand Ontario Airport sorting facility

To keep up with growing demand for both e-commerce and traditional retail business, UPS said it plans to increase the size of its existing operations at California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT). The expansion, expected to be ready by 2018, will include a new sorting facility able to process packages at twice the hourly rate of […]

PACTL earns CEIV-Pharma certificate

Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd. (PACTL) has become the first Chinese air cargo terminal to earn IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification for the safe handling of pharmaceutical products. PACTL recently opened its new, eco-friendly cool-chain center, measuring more than 11,000 square feet and featuring various climate zones designed […]
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