Memphis International Airport maintains ranking as world’s 2nd busiest cargo airport; MEM is busiest cargo airport in North America
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
MEMPHIS, TENN. (March 19, 2019) – Memphis International Airport (MEM) has maintained its status as the world’s second busiest cargo airport and the busiest cargo airport in North America, according to preliminary 2018 world airport traffic rankings released by Airports Council International.
More than 4.47 million metric tonnes of cargo were handled at MEM in 2018, an increase of 3.1% compared to 2017. MEM is the home to the FedEx Express World Hub, which is responsible for about 99% of the overall cargo handled at MEM and features about 450 combined arrivals and departures per day.
The ACI preliminary airport cargo rankings can be found here. ACI’s news release about the preliminary rankings can be found here.
“We are thankful that our partner FedEx continues to expand its positive impact on both the local and global economy,” said Pace Cooper, Chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. “Cargo activity at MEM also provides benefits for passenger airlines because the significant cargo volume helps keep the airport’s landing fees low.”