Hong Kong maintains ranking as top world's busiest cargo airport
HONG Kong International Airport (HKIA) is still the busiest cargo hub in the world, according to the latest Airports Council International's (ACI's) World Airport Traffic Report
HONG Kong International Airport (HKIA) is still the busiest cargo hub in the world, according to the latest Airports Council International's (ACI's) World Airport Traffic Report.
The report showd that the 2017 top five cargo airports continued to occupy the same place in the 2018 listing. Though there was movement further down the table, there was no change among the world's top five cargo gateways in 2018.
The top five airports are HKIA, Memphis International Airport (MEM), Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), Incheon International Airport (ICN), and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) respectively.
HKIA handled a total of 5.12 million tonnes of airfreight last year, 1.5 per cent more than in 2017. The volume throughput of the other four top airports are: MEM (4.47 million tonnes +3.1 per cent); PVG (3.77 million tonnes -1.5 per cent); ICN (2.96 million tonnes +1.0 per cent); and ANC (2.81 million tonnes +3.5 per cent).
Among the smaller hubs, Los Angeles International Airport jumped three places from thirteenth to tenth this year and Doha International Airport advanced five places from sixteenth, last year, to eleventh, according to Mumbai's STAT Trade Times.
Rockford, an expansive air cargo hub in the US, was the fastest-growing airport in 2018 for airports that handled more than 250,000 tonnes of air cargo. As the airport is an e-commerce freight hub for online retail giant Amazon, its traffic grew 56.6 percent year on year in 2018.
ACI's latest airport traffic figures also revealed that the total cargo volume handled by the world's airports in 2018 amounted to 122.7 million tonnes, an increase of 1.4 per cent over the previous year.