Top 10 cargo airports in H1 2010

The airports that posted the biggest rise in tonnage in the first half
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2. Memphis\nCargo tonnes: 1,923,817\nYear on year growth: 9.0%\nAbout: Memphis International is the global hub airport of FedEx Express, the world’s top cargo airline by scheduled freight tonne kilometres. From Memphis, the cargo airline flies to cities across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and destinations in Europe and Asia. If Hong Kong is still ahead of it at the end of 2010, it will be the first time in fifteen years that it has not been the world’s top cargo airport (Images: Getty Images/ Text:
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3. Shanghai\nCargo tonnes: 1,576,517\nYear on year growth: 50.2%\nAbout: Shanghai Pudong International opened in 1999 as the replacement for Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. The airport now has three runways, a fourth is planned and there is room in the airport’s blueprint for a fifth. Cargo traffic has grown rapidly over the last decade, in line with China’s emergence as a manufacturing powerhouse (Images: Getty Images/ Text:
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4. Anchorage\nCargo tonnes: 1,520,507\nYear on year growth: 84.9%\nAbout: Anchorage’s location makes it a natural stop-off point for cargo heading from the Far East to the Western half of the United States. FedEx Express and UPS both operate major hubs there. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority has announced plans to increase fuel storage facilities and build a maintenance facility for large body cargo planes at the airport. (Images: Getty Images/ Text:
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5. Incheon Seoul\nCargo tonnes: 1,337,109\nYear on year growth: 27.2%\nAbout: Incheon International opened in 2001, replacing Gimpo International Airport. Incheon is the largest airport in South Korea, and its ranking reflects the country’s status as a foremost manufacturer of consumer electronics products. The airport is located on an offshore island, made from two natural islands and reclaimed land. (Images: Getty Images/ Text:
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6. Frankfurt\nCargo tonnes: 1,108,245\nYear on year growth: 30.5%\nAbout: Europe’s busiest cargo airport handled more than one million tonnes of cargo in the first half, growth of 30.5% year on year. The hub airport of Lufthansa, it is located at the heart of the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main region, a heavy populated and prosperous area with strong transport links to other parts of Europe. A fourth runway is scheduled to go into service at the airport next year. (Images: Getty Images/ Text:
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7. Dubai\nCargo tonnes: 1,102,905\nYear on year growth: 26.1%\nAbout: Dubai International Airport has moved steadily up the air cargo rankings in recent years. In 2007, it was the world’s thirteenth largest cargo airport; in 2008, it was eleventh; and in 2009, it moved up to eighth, when it was the only airport in the top ten to report year on year growth in tonnage.\nThe backbone of the airport’s cargo operations is Dubai International Airport Cargo Gateway, formerly knows as ‘Dubai Cargo Village’. Since its opening in 1991, the facility has been through several rounds of expansion, in a constant race to keep up with demand. Current capacity stands at 2.7 million tonnes of cargo per year.\nFollowing the opening of Al Maktoum International Airport near Jebel Ali, Dubai’s aviation authority is keen to direct all-cargo airlines towards the new airport. Cargo Gateway’s established position and the quality of its facilities, however, will ensure it remains relevant for many years to come. (Images: Getty Images/ Text:
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8. Tokyo Narita\nCargo tonnes: 1,081,238\nYear on year growth: 34.6%\nAbout: While Tokyo Haneda is the country’s main passenger airport, Narita has become its main cargo hub and is enjoying strong growth in 2010. The airport was opened in 1978, after delays of many years due to local opposition to its construction. The airport has been moved from government to private control, but reportedly remains crowded and expensive to use due to high demand from airlines. (Images: Getty Images/ Text:
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9. Louisville\nCargo tonnes: 1,054,584\nYear on year growth: 15.7%\nAbout: Louisville International is a joint civil-military public airport located in the US state of Kentucky. It success as a cargo airport is down to its status as the global air freight hub for UPS, which has invested billions in warehouse and handling facilities there. It still uses the IATA code ‘SDF’, after the airport’s former name, Standiford Field.\n(Image Courtesy - Text:
Mon 08 Nov 2010 12:55 PM GST