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Air cargo market in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Global air freight traffic

The continued growth in population levels worldwide—coupled with increased economic activity — in light of globalization and modern interconnected economies have led to the accelerated expansion of the air cargo market worldwide. In 2019, air freight traffic recorded around 61.3 million tons of freight carried through commercial airlines worldwide and in that same year, cargo airlines generated revenue of around 102.4 billion U.S. dollars worldwide.

U.S. air cargo market

Similar growth has been replicated in the U.S. air cargo market over the past 50 years. As of 2019, there were almost 880 cargo aircraft in the commercial aircraft fleet of the United States and in that same year, there was a combined total of over 44.8 billion cargo revenue ton miles generated both in the domestic and international markets in the U.S. The domestic market is mostly dominated by FedEx Corporation and closely followed by United Parcel Services (UPS). FedEx which operates a fleet size of 679 aircraft, alone generated cargo revenue of over 37.3 billion U.S. dollars in 2018.

Leading air cargo destinations

The United Kingdom, Japan, and Germany are among the leading destinations for U.S. air freight service exports. In 2019, the United States handled more than 25.4 billion pounds of freight domestically. The most common commodities transported by freight in the U.S. include machinery, electronics and motorized vehicles. China currently provides by far the highest freight traffic to the United States, while Colombia, Chile, and India are the fastest growing lanes and the leading cargo airport in the U.S. based on tonnage is currently Memphis International Airport in Tennessee.

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