Table 12
Top World Airports for International Air Freight by Tons Handled: 2007-2008

Table 12
Top World Airports for International Air Freight by Tons Handled: 2007-2008

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(Thousands of metric tons)

Rank in 2008 Airport City and country 2007 2008 Percent change, 2007-2008
1 Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong 3,742 3,627 -3.1
2 Incheon Incheon, South Korea 2,524 2,386 -5.4
3 Narita Tokyo, Japan 2,212 2,059 -6.9
4 Charles de Gaulle Paris, France 1,994 2,010 0.8
5 Frankfurt Main Frankfurt, Germany 2,030 1,963 -3.3
6 Pudong Shanghai, China 1,826 1,916 4.9
7 Changi Singapore, Singapore 1,895 1,857 -2.0
8 Dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates 1,591 1,741 9.4
9 Schiphol Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1,610 1,568 -2.6
10 Miami Miami, United States 1,611 1,544 -4.2
11 Taiwan Taoyuan Taipei, Taiwan 1,593 1,480 -7.1
12 Ted Stevens Anchorage Anchorage, United States 1,663 1,404 -15.5
13 Heathrow London, United Kingdom 1,313 1,400 6.6
14 Bangkok Bangkok, Thailand 1,178 1,140 -3.2
15 John F. Kennedy New York, United States 1,179 1,054 -10.6
16 O'Hare Chicago, United States 1,022 887 -13.2
17 Los Angeles Los Angeles, United States 1,005 880 -12.4
18 Luxembourg-Findel Luxembourg, Luxembourg 856 788 -8.0
19 Kansai Osaka, Japan 764 753 -1.4
20 Beijing Beijing, China 549 639 16.3
21 Brussels Brussels, Belgium 738 604 -18.1
22 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 585 592 1.2
23 Koln Bonn Cologne, Germany 672 557 -17.1
24 Liege-Bierset Liege, Belgium 490 518 5.7
25 El Nuevo Dorado Bogota, Columbia 433 429 -0.9

NOTE: Total tons handled-loaded and unloaded freight and mail in metric tons.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, based on data from Airports Council International, available at www.aci.aero as of Sept. 29, 2009.

  • In 2008, most of the world's leading airports for handling international cargo experienced declines in freight traffic compared to the previous year.

  • All 5 U.S. airports ranked among the world's top 25 air freight airports -Miami, Ted Stevens Anchorage, John F. Kennedy, O'Hare, and Los Angeles-shipped less freight in 2008 than in 2007.