Top 50 cargo airports 2022

There has been some shuffling in the top 10 cargo airports in 2022. For example, Hong Kong International Airport reclaimed first place, replacing Memphis International Airport. Louisville International Airport inched back to the sixth position. Let us look at the world’s top 50 cargo airports 2022 by total cargo.

Top 10 cargo airports 2022

Top 50 cargo airports 2022
The table shows the top 10 cargo airports ranked by overall cargo tonnage in 2021.

1. HKG – Hong Kong International Airport (Hong Kong)

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok International Airport) replaced Kai Tai International Airport in 1998 and became the gateway to Hong Kong. It is one of the world’s largest passenger and cargo airports, hosting services for over 90 airlines. HKG is a hub for many airlines, including Cathay Pacific, Air Hong Kong, Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines, and HK Express. Its annual cargo throughput is forecasted to reach just shy of 9 million tons by 2030.

Ground/cargo handlers servicing Hong Kong International Airport:

  • Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS)
  • Swissport
  • Worldwide Flight Services (WFS)
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Asia Airfreight Terminal
  • Jardine Aviation Services
  • Japan Airlines
  • Hong Kong Airport Services Limited (HAS)
  • Pan Asia Pacific Aviation Services Ltd.
  • Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)
  • Gate Gourmet
  • Signature Flight Support
  • Executive Gourmet
  • Lufthansa Cargo.

2. MEM – Memphis International Airport (the US)

Memphis International Airport

Memphis International Airport in the US State of Tennessee opened in 1929 and is the biggest cargo airport outside Asia. Moreover, it is the major hub of logistics giant FedEx (often called FedEx Superhub), which handles around 180,000 packages per hour. MIM was the biggest cargo airport from 1993 to 2009 and in 2020, changing position with HKG.

Ground/cargo handlers servicing Memphis International Airport:

  • Swissport
  • Worldwide Flight Services (WFS)
  • Menzies Aviation
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG)
  • United Services
  • Integrated Airline Services
  • Gate Gourmet
  • Signature Flight Support.

3. PVG – Shanghai Pudong International Airport (China)

Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Shanghai Pudong International Airport, opened in 1999, is one of two international airports serving Shanghai. It is the second-busiest cargo airport in Asia and a major aviation hub in East Asia. PVG is classified as a 4F facility, capable of handling wide-body equipment. It is a hub for Air China, China Cargo Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, DHL Aviation, FedEx Express and many more.

Ground/cargo handlers servicing Shanghai Pudong International Airport:

  • Ameco
  • Shanghai Airlines Cargo
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • Universal Aviation
  • Executive Gourmet
  • Lufthansa Cargo.

4. ANC – Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (the US)

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, opened in 1951, is an international airport serving the city of Anchorage in Alaska. ANC is a major cargo hub, especially for FedEx Express and UPS Airlines for shipments to/from the Far East.

Ground/cargo handlers servicing Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport:

  • Swissport
  • Menzies Aviation
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG)
  • United Services
  • Evergreen EAGLE
  • Signature Flight Support.

5. ICN Seoul Incheon International Airport (South Korea)

Seoul Incheon International Airport

Seoul Incheon International Airport opened in 2001 and is a hub airport in Northeast Asia. It is the largest airport in South Korea and the fourth best airport in the world.

Ground/cargo handlers servicing Seoul Incheon International Airport:

  • Swissport
  • Korea Airport Service Co Ltd
  • Korean Air
  • United Services
  • Asiana Airlines
  • OEMServices
  • Lufthansa Cargo.

6. SDF – Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (the US)

Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport

Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport is a civil-military airport in Kentucky, opened for passenger business in 1947. It handles numerous international cargo flights through the United Parcel Service’s airline. UPS Worldport, the worldwide air hub for UPS at SDF is also a package-sorting center with a sorting capacity of 416,000 packages per hour.

Ground/cargo handlers servicing Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport:

  • Worldwide Flight Services (WFS)
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Airport Terminal Services, Inc.
  • United Services
  • Atlantic Aviation.

7. TPE – Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (Taiwan)

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, which opened in 1979 as Chiang Kai-shek International Airport, is Taiwan’s largest airport. It is one of two international airports that serve Taipei. In 2016, it was ranked the best airport for its size in the Asia-Pacific region by Airports Council International. It is a hub for China Airlines, EVA Air, Mandarin Airlines, Starlux Airlines, Uni Air, and Tigerair Taiwan.

Ground/cargo handlers servicing Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS)
  • Evergreen Airline Services
  • EVA Air
  • China Airlines
  • United Services
  • Taoyuan International Airport Services Co.
  • Qantas Airways
  • Lufthansa Cargo.

8. MIA – Miami International Airport (the US)

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport opened in 1928 and is the primary airport serving Greater Miami. MIA is a hub for the Southeastern United States, the largest gateway between the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. It is a focus city for American Airlines, Avianca, Frontier Airlines, and LATAM. MIA is projected to handle 4 million tons of freight annually by 2040.

Ground/cargo handlers servicing Miami International Airport:

  • Swissport
  • Worldwide Flight Services (WFS)
  • Menzies Aviation
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG)
  • United Services
  • Evergreen EAGLE
  • Iscar Ground Services
  • Alliance Airlines
  • Gate Gourmet
  • Signature Flight Support
  • Lufthansa Cargo
  • Servisair.

9. LAX – Los Angeles International Airport (the US)

Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport, opened in 1928, is the primary international airport serving Los Angeles and its surrounding metropolitan area. It is the largest and busiest international airport on the US West Coast. LAX is a major hub for more passenger airlines than any other airport in the United States.

Ground/cargo handlers servicing Los Angeles International Airport:

  • dnata
  • Swissport
  • Worldwide Flight Services (WFS)
  • Menzies Aviation
  • StandardAero
  • American Airlines
  • China Airlines
  • Continental Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Fiji Airways
  • Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG)
  • Nippon Cargo Airlines
  • United Services
  • Evergreen EAGLE
  • Hallmark Aviation Services
  • Qantas Airways
  • Pacific Aviation
  • Integrated Airline Services
  • Aero Port Services
  • Matrix Aviation Services, Inc.
  • OEMServices
  • Gate Gourmet
  • Signature Flight Support
  • Lufthansa Cargo
  • Servisair
  • Atlantic Aviation.

10. NRT – Tokyo Narita Airport (Japan)

Tokyo Narita Airport

Tokyo-Narita Airport (New Tokyo International Airport), opened in 1978, is the main airport serving the Greater Tokyo Area. It is the busiest airport in Japan by international cargo and passenger traffic. Moreover, it has the longest runway in the country. Narita serves as the main international hub of All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, and Nippon Cargo Airlines, and as a hub for low-cost carriers Peach and Jetstar Japan.

Ground/cargo handlers servicing Tokyo Narita Airport:

  • Swissport
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Japan Airlines
  • All Nippon Airways (ANA)
  • United Services
  • Japan Airport Fueling Service Co., Ltd.
  • OEMServices
  • JAL Engineering
  • Gate Gourmet
  • Executive Gourmet
  • Lufthansa Cargo
  • JAL Business Aviation.
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Top 50 cargo airports 2022 – 11 to 25

11. DOH – Doha Hamad International Airport

12. ORD – Chicago O’Hare International Airport

13. DXB – Dubai International Airport

14. FRA – Frankfurt Airport

15. CDG – Aéroport de Paris-Charles de Gaulle

16. CAN – Guangzhou Bai Yun International Airport

17. SIN – Singapore Changi Airport

18. CVG – Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

19. AMS – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

20. LEJ – Flughafen Leipzig/Halle

21. SZX – Shenzhen Baoan International Airport

22. JFK – John F. Kennedy International Airport

23. LGG – Liège Airport

24. PEK – Beijing Capital International Airport

25. IND – Indianapolis International Airport

Top 50 cargo airports 2022 – 26 to 50

26. LHR – London Heathrow International Airport

27. LUX – Luxembourg-Findel International Airport

28. BKK – Suvarnabhumi International Airport

29. CGN – Köln-Bonn Airport

30. DEL – Indira Gandhi International Airport

31. HGH – Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport

32. DFW – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

33. CGK – Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

34. ISL – Istanbul Atatürk Airport

35. KIX – Kansai International Airport       

36. ONT – LA/Ontario International Airport

37. EWR – Newark Liberty International Airport

38. ATL – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

39. BOM – Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

40. AUH – Abu Dhabi International Airport

41. HAN – Noi Bai International Airport

42. OAK – Oakland International Airport

43. CTU – Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

44. MEX – Mexico City International Airport

45. BOG – Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado

46. MNL – Ninoy Aquino International Airport

47. MAD – Madrid-Barajas Airport

48. KUL – KL International Airport

49. HND – Tokyo Haneda Airport

50. DWC – Dubai World Central

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