When we talk about busiest airport’s worldwide, it is usually according to the passenger traffic. But when it comes to cargo traffic, the statistics differs. The world’s busiest airport according to passenger traffic, Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, does not even come in the top 10 list of the busiest airport according to cargo handled. So, what are the airports that handle the largest tonnes of Cargo? Here is the list of the top 10 busiest cargo airports worldwide, according to the Airports Council International.
1. Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong, HKG
For nine consecutive years, Hong Kong International Airport, have been the world’s busiest airport for the tonnes of cargo handled.
Location- Hong Kong
Total Cargo (in tons)- 5,120,811
2. Memphis International Airport, United States, MEM
Home to FedEx, Memphis International Airport stays strong at second position for handling tonnes of cargo every year.
Location- Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Total Cargo (in tons)- 4,470,196
3. Shanghai Pudong International Airport, China, PVG
One of the busiest airports in the world, serving mainly international flight, Shanghai Pudong International Airport is an important hub for the Chinese aviation industry.
Location- Pudong, Shanghai, China
Total Cargo (in tons)- 3,768,573
4. Incheon International Airport, South Korea, ICN
South Korea’s largest airport, Incheon International Airport is the main hub for cargo traffic in Northeast Asia.
Location- Incheon, Seoul National Capital Area, South Korea
Total Cargo (in tons)- 2,952,123
5. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, United States, ANC
Due to its prime location, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, is at the same distance from Tokyo as it is from New York, making it an important location for cargo traffic worldwide.
Location- Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Total Cargo (in tons)- 2,806,743
6. Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates, DXB
Dubai International Airport is the world’s busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic, the fifth busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic and sixth busiest in terms of cargo handled.
Location- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Total Cargo (in tons)- 2,641,383
7. Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, United States, SDF
A civil-military airport, Louisville International Airport, has three runways and serves various international cargo flights.
Location- Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Total Cargo (in tons)- 2,623,019
8. Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan, TPE
One of the most important international airports of the region, Taoyuan International Airport, serves Taipei city in northern Taiwan.
Location- Taipei, Taiwan
Total Cargo (in tons)- 2,322,823
9. Narita International Airport, Japan, NRT
Handling around 50% of the passenger traffic in Japan, Narita International Airport also handles Japan’s 60% cargo, making it the ninth busiest airport worldwide in terms of cargo handled.
Location- Narita, Japan
Total Cargo (in tons)- 2,261,008
10. Los Angeles International Airport, United States, LAX
The world’s fourth busiest airport and US’s second busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic, Los Angeles International Airport come tenth worldwide in terms of tonnes of cargo handled.
Location- Los Angeles, California, United States
Total Cargo (in tons)- 2,209,850