There’s no denying that recent times have been grim for US airports, but it hasn’t all been bad news. Paul Willis reports on the thriving cargo sector

The pandemic has driven both growth and innovation in the air cargo sector
Philadelphia International Airport

The last year has been a tumultuous one for airports but for the US air cargo sector it has been nothing short of unprecedented, according to Glyn Hughes, director general of the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).

“From a North American perspective it was probably the most innovative year that this industry has experienced, as well as the most successful,” Hughes told Airports International. The stats certainly seem to back him up.

According to figures from IATA, for the first three months of this year, cargo capacity for North American-registered carriers was 1.3% lower than for the first three months of 2019. However, cargo demand had skyrocketed 3% compared to the same period in 2019.

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