Air Cargo News has whittled the list for the title of “Cargo Hub of the Year,” and Anchorage made the cut.
In addition to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Brussels Airport Company, Budapest Airport, and Changi Airport Group (Singapore) are finalists for the competition. The winners will be announced in London at Heathrow Airport on Sept. 16 at the industry’s annual convention.
The Ted Stevens International Airport emerged as the fourth-busiest cargo hub in the world, according to Airports Council International, which also cited Anchorage as the fastest-growing cargo hub last year, which saw an increase of 15 percent cargo traffic to 3.2 million metric tons.
The top 10 air cargo hubs in 2020 had an average increase of 3 percent to 30.5 million metric tons.
“The gain [at the top 10 hubs] can be attributed to the increase in demand for online consumer goods and pharmaceutical products and personal protective equipment,” ACI said in a statement in April.
Memphis International Airport has become the top cargo hub globally, replacing Hong Kong. Memphis is the home of FedEx, the world’s largest freighter fleet.