Aviation: Cargo movement surge in Top 10 airports globally in 2021 with 31.5 million metric tonnes as Hong Kong Airport, Memphis, Shanghai leads

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Air cargo movement surged in top 10 airports globally in 2021 with 31.5 million metric tonnes of cargo as Hong Kong International Airport lead the pack with (5.0 million metric tonnes, +12.5%) regaining its number one spot.

According to data from the Airport Council International (ACI), the position is closely followed by Memphis International Airport (MEM, 4.5 million metric tonnes, -2.9%) went back to second position, followed by Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG, 4.0 million metric tonnes, +8.0%) in third.

Air cargo, which was less impacted by COVID-19, had its volumes increase by close to 15% year-over-year (+3.5% versus 2019), to an estimated record 124 million metric tonnes in 2021.

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Air cargo volumes at the top 10 airports, representing collectively around 25% (31.5 million metric tonnes) of the global volumes in 2021, gained 12.1% in 2021 year-over-year (or 15.0% vs. 2019 results). The gain can be attributed to the continued increase in demand for online consumer goods and pharmaceutical products.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG, 5.0 million metric tonnes, +12.5%) gained back the top rank and Memphis International Airport (MEM, 4.5 million metric tonnes, -2.9%) went back to second position, followed by Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG, 4.0 million metric tonnes, +8.0%) in third.

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