Airport World - Joe Bates

In terms of volumes and payloads, air cargo fared much better than the passenger side of the business in 2020, and that seems likely to be repeated for most or all of this year

While the combination of travel restrictions, quarantine rules, the fear of catching COVID-19 and reduced airline services are keeping passengers away from airport terminals, cargo volumes have rallied and demand for some shipments has never been higher.

These included Memphis International Airport (MEM), which overtook Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to reclaim the title of the world’s busiest cargo gateway by handling a record 4.61 million (+6.72%) tonnes of freight.

Other Top 10 cargo airports recording sizeable upturns in volumes were Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which registered increases of 15%, 7.4% and 6.6% respectively.

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