Cargo

O’Hare International Airport is not only among the busiest airports for passenger traffic and flight operations, but it is also one of the busiest air cargo gateways in the world. Approximately 1.6 million tonnes of freight worth over $170 billion are processed per year — ranking O’Hare among the top 25 cargo airports in volume globally and fourth in value of any port in the Americas.

O’Hare cargo volume continues to grow, with air imports and exports reaching record levels in recent years. A new cargo campus at O’Hare was recently completed, and it  will be able to handle 50 percent more cargo traffic and freighter aircraft in the coming decades.  With this new development, O’Hare  has approximately two million square feet of airside cargo facilities with space for 40 jumbo freighters (including the B747-8F) on four separate ramps, with another two million-square-feet of cargo facilities landside.

Going all the way back to the 19th Century as a maritime and railroad nexus, trade at O’Hare is part of Chicago’s long history as a pre-eminent center for national commerce due its central geography, transportation infrastructure, business environment and large population.  Today, O’Hare serves nearly more than two dozen cargo carriers from Asia, Europe and the Americas, as well as twice that many international passenger carriers, including as a major hub for both United Airlines and American Airlines.  In addition, many foreign cargo carriers view Chicago as their flagship connection to the United States.  Whether freighter, belly or integrator, O’Hare can support most air cargo needs and goals.  For more information, please contact Adam Rod in the Chicago Department of Aviation’s Planning office at (773) 894-6907 or arod@ohare.com ​​.​