Hong Kong and Memphis remained the world’s busiest cargo airports in 2019

Airports Council International (ACI) World revealed its preliminary world airport traffic rankings covering cargo volumes for 2019.

Against a global economic backdrop that remained quite challenging, air cargo volume experienced a decline of -3.9% at the world’s top 20 airports as they handled a combined 48 million metric tons of cargo.

Hong Kong Airport remains the largest air cargo hub, handling 4.8 million metric tons of cargo in 2019, but it experienced a decline in volume of -6.1% compared to 2018. Memphis Airport was in second place and Shanghai Airport came in third.

All three experienced considerable declines in the first quarter of 2020 while Louisville Airport and Incheon recorded growth in cargo during the first stages of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The top five airports as regards total cargo volumes were Hong Kong International Airport, Memphis International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Louisville Airport and Incheon International Airport,

Source: ACI

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