Asian-Pacific airports remain top of the crop
Airports Council International (ACI) has released the latest world airport traffic report, based on data for almost 2,000 airports in 160 countries worldwide. "With many major economies remaining in a fragile state, 2013 can best be characterized as a year of unstable recovery for the global economy," said Angela Gittens, director general of ACI World.
In a highly concentrated market, with the top 30 air cargo hubs handling 57% of global air cargo volumes, worldwide airport cargo increased slightly by 0.9% to 96 million t in 2013, with mixed levels of growth across all six regions: Airports in the Asia-Pacific region handled the largest amount of air cargo in 2013: Asia-Pacific (37 million t, +2.1% over 2012), North America (27.9 million t, -0.1% over 2012), Europe (17.8 million t, +0.2% over 2012), Middle East (6.5 million t, +3.9% over 2012), Latin America-Caribbean (5.1 million t, -0.8% over 2012) and Africa (1.8 million t, -3.4% over 2012).
Hong Kong (HKG, in photo) and Memphis (MEM) take the first and second ranks respectively for the busiest air cargo airports. Each airport handled over 4 million t in 2013.