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Florida Air Cargo System Plan

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Air Cargo: Vital to Florida’s Economy


In today’s global economy, the huge volume of time-critical, high-value products crossing national boundaries by aircraft results in markets and industries being connected together.  Through connectivity provided by air cargo, markets and industry share a common goal to improve and enhance the quality for life of individuals, families, businesses and societies.  In addition, air cargo companies are increasingly involved in manufacturers’ supply chain management. 

  • Florida’s commercial airports enplane over 11 percent of the nation’s air cargo.
  • 36 percent of Florida’s international trade dollars are generated by air cargo shipments.
  • The largest driver of Florida’s economy is international trade.
  • The economic impact of air cargo produced or sold in Florida totals $33.4 billion each year.

While many airports in Florida can accommodate air cargo activity to a certain degree, there are 15 airports in Florida which have scheduled air cargo service supporting business and industry throughout the State. Florida’s air cargo activity is heavily concentrated at Miami International Airport which accounts for 80.9 percent of the State’s 2011 total air cargo volume.


In 2011, Florida’s SIS (Strategic Intermodal System) Airports moved a combined 2.5 million tons of air cargo to and from destinations around the globe. Florida’s airports directly served 41 domestic and 94 international destinations with either dedicated all-cargo or wide-body passenger aircraft.

This brochure summarizes air cargo impact in Florida’s economy, airport market share and industry trends.

This update presents analysis of air cargo activity between 2008 and 2012, and highlights significant changes.

This update presents analysis of air cargo activity between 2006 and 2008, and highlights significant changes.

This update presents analysis of air cargo activity between 2006 and 2007, and highlights significant changes.

This original study presented analysis of air cargo activity prior to 2006.