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ANCHORAGE, September 22, 2018. Last year, more than 2.7 million tonnes of cargo transited Anchorage International Airport (AIA), taking fifth place in the latest Annual World Airport Traffic ranking from Airport Council International (ACI).

Commenting on the data AIA manager Jim Szczesniak said his airport “remains a substantial part of the world air cargo system, that’s good for Anchorage and good for the state”.

Anchorage Airport CargoACI says air cargo volume at the world’s 30 busiest airports grew 7.3 percent in 2017 and handled a combined 62 million tonnes of cargo, some 52 percent of all global volume. China and India have 16 of the fastest-growing airports.

Hong Kong lead the air cargo ranking with five million tonnes in 2017, a 9.4 percent year-on-year increase, while Memphis remained in second place with 4.3 million tonnes and Shanghai placed third with a throughput of 3.8 million tonnes.

According to ACI, last year the world’s airports handled 8,277,676,508 passengers, 118,612,750 tonnes of cargo and 95,772,011 aircraft movements.

“Global passenger traffic has reached record levels as airports continued to make a crucial contribution to furthering economic development and global connectivity,” said ACI director general Angela Gittens. “The core issue for our industry remains how we respond to this demand at a local, national, and international level as physical capacity considerations and potential bottlenecks in air transport infrastructure pose challenges in accommodating future air transport demand,” she added.

 

 

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