The following list is based on figures from Airports Council International (ACI) and displays the top 20 airports in order of tonnes of cargo handled in 2018. Figures are calculated by totalling all loaded and unloaded freight and mail at each airport throughout the course of the year.
1. Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)
Having been in commercial operation since 1998, Chek Lap Kok Airport is an important regional trans-shipment centre, passenger hub and gateway for destinations in China (with 45 destinations) and the rest of Asia. The airport is operated 24 hours a day and is the world’s busiest cargo gateway and one of the world’s busiest passenger airports.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 5,120,811
Compared to 2017: 1.4 per cent increase
2. Memphis International Airport (MEM)
It is home to the FedEx Express global hub, which processes many of the company’s packages. From 1993 to 2009, Memphis had the largest cargo operations of any airport worldwide.Memphis International Airport covers an area of 1600 hectares, and has four runways.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 4,470,196
Compared to 2017: 3.1 per cent increase
3. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)
The airport is the main hub for China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines, and a major international hub for Air China, as well as secondary hub for China Southern Airlines. Pudong Airport is a fast-growing hub for both passenger and cargo traffic.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 3,768,573
Compared to 2017: 1.5 per cent decrease
4. Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Incheon International Airport is located 70 kilometers from the capital of South Korea, Seoul, is the country’s largest aviation hub and one of the largest airports in the world in terms of international air traffic and the number of take-off and landing operations.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 2,952,123
Compared to 2017: 1.0 per cent increase
5. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is a major airport in the U.S. state of Alaska, located 5 miles (8 km) southwest of downtown Anchorage. The airport is named for Ted Stevens, a U.S. senator from Alaska in office from 1968 to 2009. ed Stevens Anchorage International Airport is also a major cargo hub.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 2,806,743
Compared to 2017: 3.5 per cent increase
6. Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Dubai International Airport is the primary international airport serving Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic. Dubai International Airport is situated in the Al Garhoud district, 4.6 km east of Dubai and spread over an area of 1,250 ha of land.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 2,641,383
Compared to 2017: 0.5 per cent decrease
7. Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF)
A civil-military airport located in Kentucky, Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport is home to a major UPS hub and is one of the most significant cargo facilities in the U.S.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 2,623,019
Compared to 2017: 0.8 per cent increase
8. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is an international airport serving Taipei and northern Taiwan. Located about 40 km west of Taipei in Dayuan District, Taoyuan, the airport is Taiwan’s largest and busiest airport. It is operated by the Taoyuan International Airport Corporation. In 2016, it was ranked the best airport for its size in the Asia-Pacific region by Airports Council International.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 2,322,823
Compared to 2017: 2.4 per cent increase
9. Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT)
Formerly known as New Tokyo International Airport, Narita International Airport serves the Greater Tokyo Area of Japan. It serves as the main transit point for passengers traveling from Asia to North and South America. It ranks second in Japan by passenger traffic and the first by quantity of cargo passing through it. The air hub serves as a base for many airlines. Among them are Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and two American airlines — Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 2,261,008
Compared to 2017: 3.2 per cent decrease
10. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Los Angeles International Airport is a major international airport serving a large area of Los Angeles in California, USA, including the City of Los Angeles. It ranks second in USA by passenger traffic and is one of the largest airports in the world by international passenger traffic.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 2,209,850
Compared to 2017: 2.4 per cent increase
11. Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH)
Hamad International Airport is the sole international airport in the state of Qatar. Located south of its capital, Doha, it replaced the former Doha International Airport as Qatar’s principal airport. Formerly known as New Doha International Airport (NDIA), Hamad International Airport was originally scheduled to open in 2009, but after a series of costly delays, the airport finally opened on 30 April 2014 with a ceremonial Qatar Airways flight landing from nearby Doha International. National carrier Qatar Airways and all other carriers formally relocated to the new airport on 27 May 2014.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 2,198,308
Compared to 2017: 8.8 per cent increase
12. Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
Singapore Changi Airport, commonly known as Changi Airport, is a major civilian airport that serves Singapore, and is one of the largest transportation hubs in Asia. The airport is operated by Changi Airport Group and it is the home base of Singapore Airlines, Singapore Airlines Cargo, SilkAir, Scoot, Jetstar Asia Airways and BOC Aviation.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 2,195,000
Compared to 2017: 1.4 per cent increase
13. Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
Frankfurt am Main Airport, also known as Rhein-Main-Flughafen, is a major international airport located in Frankfurt, the fifth-largest city of Germany and one of the world’s leading financial centres. It is operated by Fraport and serves as the main hub for Lufthansa including Lufthansa CityLine and Lufthansa Cargo as well as Condor and AeroLogic.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 2,176,387
Compared to 2017: 0.8 per cent decrease
14. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, also known as Roissy Airport, is the largest international airport in France and second-busiest airport in Europe. Opened in 1974, it is located in Roissy-en-France, 23 km northeast of Paris. It is named after Charles de Gaulle (1890–1970).
Tonnes of cargo handled: 2,156,327
Compared to 2017: 1.8 per cent decrease
15. Miami International Airport (MIA)
Miami International Airport is the largest gateway between the United States and south to Latin America, and is one of the largest airline hubs in the United States, owing to its proximity to tourist attractions, local economic growth, large local Latin American and European populations, and strategic location to handle connecting traffic between North America, Latin America, and Europe.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 2,129,658
Compared to 2017: 2.8 per cent increase
16. Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
Beijing Capital International Airport (Beijing) is the largest airport in Beijing, all of China and the second largest passenger in the world. Located 20 km northeast of the center of Beijing. Beijing Capital Airport is the main hub for Air China, as well as for Hainan Airlines and China Southern Airlines.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 2,074, 005
Compared to 2017: 2.2 per cent increase
17. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is the main airport of Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, PRC. Baiyun Airport serves as the hub for China Southern Airlines, FedEx Express, 9 Air, Hainan Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 1,890,561
Compared to 2017: 5.0 per cent increase
18. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
O’Hare Airport or Chicago O’Hare International Airport is a state passenger international airport in Chicago, Illinois, USA. By 2005, O’Hara was the busiest airport in the world in terms of takeoffs and landings.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 1,7868,880
Compared to 2017: 3.6 per cent increase
19. London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
Heathrow Airport, also known as London Heathrow, is a major international airport in London, United Kingdom. Heathrow lies 22 km west of Central London. The airport is the primary hub for British Airways and the primary operating base for Virgin Atlantic.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 1,771,342
Compared to 2017: 1.3 per cent decrease
20. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the largest international airport in the Netherlands. Schiphol is a hub for airlines: KLM, KLM Cityhopper, Martinair, Singapore Airlines Cargo, Transavia, TUI fly Netherlands, Corendon Dutch Airlines, EasyJet, Vueling, LEVEL.
Tonnes of cargo handled: 1,737,984
Compared to 2017: 2.7 per cent decrease
Based on materials: Airports Council International