Have You Ever Flown From The World’s Busiest Airports?

If you’ve ever flown from Stansted on an early morning flight then you’ll know that chaos that busy airports can bring for travellers. But is it the same for cargo? Thankfully not.

While sea freight is still the most popular way to move cargo, airports are king when it comes to moving goods fast.

A few weeks ago I shared some interesting facts about the busiest cargo ports in the world. But what about airports? Which countries hold the titles for busiest in the world?

Given that China holds 7 out of 10 of the busiest ports in the world, it probably won’t surprise you to hear that Hong Kong has the busiest cargo airport. But when it comes to the air, that’s where their dominance ends.

The United States has the edge with three out of the ten top spots with Memphis, Anchorage and Louisville moving nearly 100,000,000 tonnes of cargo combined.

So why is this? My guess would be that people buy from China for the prices, so the cheaper the mode of transport, the more popular with will be. Meaning more goods from China are moved by ship than air.

Over the last 25 years I’ve visited 7 out of 10 of the world’s busiest cargo airports listed below. I’m hoping to make it a full house in the next few years. It’s fascinating to see how they all work and the differences from country to country.

How many have you been to?

Busiest Airports In The World Ranked By Cargo Tonnes Per Year

1: Hong Kong, China – 5,049,898
2: Memphis, USA – 4,336,752
3: Shanghai, China – 3,824,280
4: Incheon, South Korea – 2,921,691
5: Anchorage, USA – 2,713,230
6: Dubai, UAE – 2,654,494
7: Louisville, USA – 2,602,695
8: Narita, Japan – 2,336,427
9: Taiwan Taoyuan, Taiwan – 2,269,585
10: Charles De Gaulle, France – 2,195,229