There was no change among the world’s top five cargo gateways in 2018 but there was movement further down the table, reported Airports Council International.
Hong Kong International Airport, Memphis International, Shanghai Pudong, Incheon and Ted Stevens Anchorage all held their positions from the previous year as the top five cargo hubs.
But among the smaller gateways, Los Angeles jumped three places from 13th to 10th this year and Doha International advanced five places from 16th, last year, to 11th.
Rockford in the US was the fastest-growing airport in 2018 for airports that handled more than 250,000 tonnes of cargo, thanks to the expansion of its e-commerce business for online retail giant Amazon, which helped traffic grow 56.6%.
The next fastest growing of the 250,000 tonnes-plus airports was Nairobi, Kenya which saw cargo increase 25.2% to over 342,000 tonnes and Liege, Belgium, up 21.6% to 871,596 tonnes. Xi’an in China and Philadelphia in the US were up by 20.3% and 20% respectively.
ACI added that in total, the world’s airports accommodated 122.7m tonnes of cargo – a 1.4% increase. This is down on the 6.8% year-on-year increase recorded in 2017.