2021 Essential Revenue and Operating Information for the 50 Largest Global Freight Carriers

Up Front

After once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, supply chains are adjusting to new normal.
Global supply chain, so often taken for granted, becomes cause for worldwide concern.
Find out where the Top 50 Global Freight Carriers are based.

Airport Data

Rank Airport Location 2020 Landed Weight (millions of lbs.)
1 Memphis International Memphis, Tenn. 25,157
2 Ted Stevens Anchorage International Anchorage, Alaska 22,883
3 Louisville Muhammad Ali International Louisville, Ky. 16,757
4 Los Angeles International Los Angeles 13,172
5 Miami International Miami 9,930
6 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Hebron, Ky. 8,210
7 Chicago O'Hare International Chicago 7,878
8 Indianapolis International Indianapolis 5,653
9 Ontario International Ontario, Calif. 5,220
10 Dallas-Fort Worth International DFW Airport, Texas 4,515
11 Metropolitan Oakland International Oakland, Calif. 3,677
12 John F. Kennedy International Queens, N.Y. 3,431
13 Daniel K. Inouye International Honolulu 3,431
14 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Atlanta 3,166
15 Philadelphia International Philadelphia 3,148
16 Newark Liberty International Newark, N.J. 2,987
17 Chicago/Rockford International Rockford, Ill. 2,740
18 Seattle-Tacoma International Seattle 2,716
19 George Bush Intercontinental Houston 2,459
20 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Phoenix 2,424
21 Portland International Portland, Ore. 2,143
22 Denver International Denver 1,827
23 Fort Worth Alliance Fort Worth, Texas 1,663
24 Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Glen Burnie, Md. 1,512
25 Luis Muñoz Marín International San Juan, Puerto Rico 1,479
26 Tampa International Tampa, Fla. 1,406
27 Salt Lake City International Salt Lake City 1,337
28 Orlando International Orlando, Fla. 1,293
29 San Francisco International San Francisco 1,246
30 Bradley International Windsor Locks, Conn. 1,215
31 General Edward Lawrence Logan International Boston 1,198
32 Rickenbacker International Columbus, Ohio 1,186
33 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Minneapolis 1,103
34 San Antonio International San Antonio 933
35 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Detroit 888
36 Mexico City International Mexico City 847
37 Charlotte/Douglas International Charlotte, N.C. 785
38 Piedmont Triad International Greensboro, N.C. 753
39 El Paso International El Paso, Texas 719
40 Boeing Field/King County International Seattle 715
41 Sacramento International Sacramento, Calif. 714
42 Guam International Tamuning, Guam 703
43 San Diego International San Diego 674
44 Toronto Pearson International Toronto 669
45 Raleigh-Durham International Raleigh, N.C. 632
46 Reno/Tahoe International Reno, Nev. 619
47 Albuquerque International Sunport Albuquerque, N.M. 608
48 Austin-Bergstrom International Austin, Texas 608
49 Sacramento Mather Mather, Calif. 598
50 General Mitchell International Milwaukee 596
51 Manchester-Boston Regional Londonderry, N.H. 596
52 Kansas City International Kansas City, Mo. 595
53 Richmond International Highland Springs, Va. 584
54 Lehigh Valley International Allentown, Pa. 574
55 Jacksonville International Jacksonville, Fla. 571
56 Pittsburgh International Pittsburgh 548
57 Washington Dulles International Dulles, Va. 542
58 Billings Logan International Billings, Mont. 517
59 Vancouver International Vancouver, British Columbia 513
60 St. Louis Lambert International St. Louis 500
61 Eppley Airfield Omaha, Neb. 476
62 Columbia Metropolitan Columbia, S.C. 473
63 San Bernardino International San Bernardino, Calif. 468
64 Spokane International Spokane, Wash. 464
65 Harry Reid International Las Vegas 457
67 Harrisburg International Harrisburg, Pa. 448
68 Cleveland-Hopkins International Cleveland 430
69 Syracuse Hancock International Syracuse, N.Y. 423
70 Lubbock Preston Smith Lubbock, Texas 422
71 Hector International Fargo, N.D. 420
72 The Eastern Iowa Cedar Rapids, Iowa 406
73 March ARB Riverside, Calif. 406
74 Laredo International Laredo, Texas 404
75 Louis Armstrong New Orleans Kenner, La. 399
76 Greenville Spartanburg Greer, S.C. 397
77 Tulsa International Tulsa, Okla. 397
78 Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 391
79 Joe Foss Field Sioux Falls, S.D. 378
80 Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field Boise, Idaho 361
81 Rafael Hernández Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 360
82 Ellison Onizuka Kona International at Keahole Kailua Kona, Hawaii 341
83 Valley International Harlingen, Texas 322
84 Buffalo Niagara International Buffalo, N.Y. 312
85 Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Rochester, N.Y. 311
86 Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field Huntsville, Ala. 303
87 Kahului Kahului, Hawaii 300
88 McGhee Tyson Alcoa, Tenn. 298
89 Guadalajara International Guadalajara, Jalisco 297
90 Charleston AFB/International Charleston, S.C. 297
91 Nashville International Nashville, Tenn. 287
92 New York Stewart International Newburgh, N.Y. 282
93 Will Rogers World Oklahoma City 281
94 John C. Munro Hamilton International Hamilton, Ontario 268
95 Stockton Metropolitan Stockton, Calif. 267
96 Shreveport Regional Shreveport, La. 265
97 Des Moines International Des Moines, Iowa 260
98 Gerald R. Ford International Grand Rapids, Mich. 256
99 Capital Region International Township of Clinton, Mich. 237
100 Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower Wichita, Kan. 236


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Global Freight News

Government, Business, Global Freight

Drop in Global Shipping Costs Signals Cooling Inflation, Experts Say

The pandemic-era surge in shipping costs was a “smoking gun” that foretold the global inflation spike, and the sharp drop in maritime-freight expenses since peaking last year will contribute to an easing in price pressures.

Ana Monteiro | Bloomberg News
January 25, 2023
Business, Global Freight

Union Pacific Profit Disappoints After Costly Winter Storms

Union Pacific Corp. reported fourth-quarter profit that missed analysts’ estimates as disruptions from winter storms drove up costs.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
January 24, 2023
Business, Logistics, Global Freight, TCA

Port of Mobile Posts All-Time Container Shipping Figures in 2022

The Port of Mobile has set a new record for annual container traffic, beating the benchmark it set in 2021 by more than 11%.

Lawrence Specker | Alabama Media Group
January 20, 2023
Business, Logistics, Global Freight

Multiple Factors Turn California Ports Into ‘Dormant Volcano’

A year ago in early January, a record 109 containerships carrying U.S. imports surrounded the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. — as of today, the queue is gone.

Laura Curtis | Bloomberg News
January 11, 2023
Business, Logistics, Global Freight

Labor Disruptions at Ports Quadrupled Globally in 2022

Labor unrest took an unusually heavy toll on ports around the world in 2022, and the outlook for continued economic instability could bring even more upheaval to global supply chains in 2023.

Ann Koh | Bloomberg News
January 10, 2023
Government, Business, Logistics, Global Freight

Fresh Fragility in Global Trade Set to Be Revealed in 2023

Since 2020, a pandemic-fueled supply crunch, Russia’s war with Ukraine, and a deepening rift in the U.S.-China trade relationship have hammered home the idea that the world needs more resilient trade networks.

Bryce Baschuk | Bloomberg News
January 3, 2023
Government, Business, Equipment, Logistics, Global Freight

Shipping Insurers Back Off of Russia-Ukraine Trade

A host of shipping insurers altered their policies for 2023 to exclude claims linked to Russia’s war in Ukraine, a further sign of the industry’s growing concerns about losses stemming from the conflict.

December 28, 2022
Business, For-Hire, Global Freight

FedEx Profit Tops Estimates as Higher Prices Offset Decline in Shipments

FedEx Corp. on Dec. 20 reported fiscal-year, second-quarter income that beat Wall Street expectations and revenue that fell below expectations.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
December 21, 2022
Business, Logistics, Global Freight

Union Pacific Puts Shipping Limits on Hold

Union Pacific says it will stop imposing temporary limits on certain businesses’ shipments while it reviews the policy that federal regulators and shippers criticized at a hearing in mid-December.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
December 19, 2022
Business, Logistics, Global Freight

Union Pacific’s Embargoes Generate Complaints From Shippers

Federal regulators and shippers are questioning Union Pacific’s decision to temporarily limit some businesses’ shipments as part of its effort to clear up congestion across the railroad.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
December 15, 2022


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