The gain in volumes at the top 10 airports was largely thanks to increased demand for online consumer goods, pharmaceutical products and PPE.
The busiest airport in 2020 for handling cargo was Memphis International Airport with 4.6 million tonnes following an increase of 6.7 per cent and beating 2019’s busiest cargo handling airport Hong Kong International Airport into second place after the Asia hub experienced a 7.1 per cent decline to 4.5 million tonnes.
Shanghai Pudong International Airport held on to third place in 2020 with 3.7 million tonnes while Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport leapfrogged both Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport and Incheon International Airport to take fourth place with 3.2 million tonnes following a 15 per cent increase on 2019.
Louisville was left fifth with 2.9 million tonnes while sixth-placed Incheon International Airport handled 2.8 million tonnes.
The last three slots in to the top 10 were taken by Los Angeles International Airport, Qatar’s Hamad International Airport and Miami International Airport, which handled 2.2 million tonnes, 2.18 million tonnes and 2.1 million tonnes respectively.