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Hong Kong is still the world's top cargo airport, followed by Memphis


HONG Kong was once again the busiest airport in 2017 as it saw cargo demand increase by 9.4 per cent on last year to just over 5 million metric tonnes.

In second place behind Hong Kong was FedEx home hub Memphis International, where demand was up 0.3 per cent to 4.3 million metric tonnes.

The fastest growing airport in the list was China's Shanghai Pudong which recorded an 11.2 per cent increase as it maintained third spot of the list, reports London's Air Cargo News.

The two airports to climb the most places on the list were London Heathrow, up two spots to 17, and Taipei, which climbed to ninth on the table from eleventh in 2016.

The biggest fallers were slot constrained Schiphol, down two spots to 19, and Miami International, down two places in fourteenth.

The world's top 20 airports saw cargo demand increase by 6.8 per cent year on year in 2017, with none of the leading airports registering a decline in demand.

The annual statistics from the airport group show that the leading airfreight hubs handled 50.6 million metric tonnes of cargo in 2017.

Air cargo demand in 2017 was boosted by improving world trade, inventory re-stocking and the growth of e-commerce. Improvements have begun to weaken this year.

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