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The world's major airports under scrutiny

Europe’s and the world’s main cargo airports

In today’s globalised world, companies must be highly competitive and adapt to increasingly demanding market conditions. In this sense, the logistics network has also adjusted to the changes in a society that requires immediacy and efficiency. Increasingly, means are being used that are capable of delivering goods in the shortest possible time and, in this context, the aeroplane is becoming increasingly important.

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Main cargo airports in Europe

According to official ACI Europe data, Frankfurt airport (Germany) leads the way with 2,228,796 tonnes handled in 2021. It is followed by Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in France with a total of 2 million tonnes of cargo loaded and unloaded. In third place is Amsterdam-Schiphol airport (Netherlands) with a total of 1,667,304 tonnes in 2021. Next on the list is Liège airport (Belgium), which follows closely behind Amsterdam airport, with almost 1.5 million tonnes transported in the last year. And in fifth place among Europe’s most important cargo airports is London-Heathrow (United Kingdom) with 1,397,103 tonnes in movement.

A radiography of the main cargo hubs in the old continent where the first place in the ranking is occupied by Frankfurt, located in the heart of Europe and with a privileged location as a hub for major air routes. In Spain, the most important airports in terms of cargo movement are Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona-El Prat, Zaragoza, Vitoria and Palma de Mallorca.

Top five cargo airports worldwide

China’s Hong Kong Airport became the world’s leading cargo airport in 2021 with a total freight traffic of approximately five million tonnes during the year. It was followed by Memphis airport (United States), which handled around 4.5 million tonnes, and another Asian airport, this time Shanghai, completed the podium. The fourth and fifth most cargo airports are Incheon Airport (Seoul), considered the most technologically advanced airport in Asia, and Alaska International Airport (United States), with a total of 2.6 million tonnes of cargo movement and unloading.

Asia, as one of the world’s most important production and distribution regions, occupies a prominent position, as do the world’s major ports, also located on this continent.

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