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An analysis carried out by the Airports Council International (ACI) showed that in 2022 the global air traffic volume decreased by about 8%.

Geopolitical tensions, which have led to disruptions in global trade and supply chains, and inflation are some of the main factors behind this fall.

However, do you have any idea which airports were the top freight hubs last year? Get to know them in this article!

1. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

It is the world’s largest airfreight centre, handling almost half a million more freight in 2022 than its competitor in 2019.

It is strategically located at the heart of the Asia-Pacific region and is the gateway for those wishing to ship goods to and from Asia.

2. Memphis International Airport (MEM)

This civil-military airport is the global hub for FedEx Express, handling the majority of the company’s cargo, some 180,000 packages per hour.

It was the world’s busiest cargo airport between 1993 and 2009 and in 2020, before falling to second place in 2022.

Its strategic location in the centre of the United States provides easy access to major road and rail routes, an attractive option for those looking to move goods quickly and efficiently.

3. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)

Equidistant from Tóquio and Nova Iorque, this airport is located less than 9.5 hours from 90% of two industrial clusters, connecting Asia with North America.

4. Shanghai-Pudong Airport (PVG)

It is a major air cargo hub in the Asia-Pacific region, receiving cargo from more than 90 airlines and providing vital access to the country’s manufacturing and export industries.

5. Aeroporto Internacional de Louisville Muhammad Ali (SDF)

Civil-military airport in Kentucky, receiving a significant proportion of the USA’s airfreight. It is also a major UPS hub with the capacity to handle approximately 416,000 packages per hour.

6. Incheon International Airport (ICN)

It is the largest airport in South Korea and one of the largest in North East Asia.

7. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)

Strategically located in East Asia, this airport is one of the most important ports of entry for air freight on the continent, with connections to the major cities of Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul. Another factor driving air traffic is the strong electronics and semiconductor industry.

8. Miami International Airport (MIA)

With more than 1,000 daily flights to 167 domestic and international destinations, this airport is a major hub in the southeastern United States, serving the Miami metropolitan area, Latin America and the Caribbean.

9. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Serving not only Southern California, but also the Asia-Pacific region, it is the largest and busiest airport on the West Coast of the United States.

10. Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT)

In addition to being the main airport serving the metropolitan area of Tokyo is also the busiest in the country and has the longest runway.


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