Freight handled at New York's Major Airports, 1985-2011
JFK (John F Kennedy) and EWR (Newark Liberty International) are
the two freight airports servicing the New York metropolitan area.
While the amount of air cargo fluctuates according to economic
cycles of growth and recession, the amount of air cargo appears to
have leveled off since the beginning of the 21st century. One of the
main factors behind this trend relate to an ongoing offshoring of
the technology related industries that are users of air freight in the area (e.g.
pharmaceuticals). Still, New York remains one of the world's most
significant freight gateways as it represents a major consumption
market of high value freight carried by air cargo.