Source: Airports Council International. In
metric tons. Seoul traffic for Incheon before 2001.
World's Largest Freight Airports (in millions of tons)
The world 20 largest
freight airports each handle a traffic of over 1.5 million
tons of cargo. The most impressive growth is observed in Shanghai
and Dubai that became major activity centers, but for different
reasons. For Shanghai, the growth concerns export-oriented
activities related to the booming Chinese added-value manufacturing
sector. Dubai became an important intermediary location for the
Asia-Europe trade. There is thus two main source of growth dynamics
for freight airports. The first are gateways
where the airport is a significant generator and attractor of
air cargo. The second are hubs where the airport is a connecting
point between different regional or global networks.