Cargo


Chicago O’Hare International Airport is not only among the busiest airports for passenger traffic and flight operations but also one of the largest air cargo gateways in the world. Today, O’Hare processes record volumes​ of cargo per year, over two million metric ton​nes worth over $200 billion—ranking in the top 20 globally and #1 by freight value of all airports in the Americas.

A new cargo campus on the northeast airfield can now​ handle 50 percent more cargo traffic and freighter aircraft than before—in addition to three other cargo ramps on the south airfield. Altogether, O’Hare has approximately two million square feet of airside cargo facilities with space for 40 jumbo freighters (including the B747-8F), 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. O’Hare serves over 25 cargo carriers from Asia, Europe and the Americas, plus over 30 international passenger airlines, including major hubs 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 your air cargo needs and goals. For more information on the business of air cargo in Chicago, please contact CDA's ​Adam Rod at adam.rod@cityofchicago.org.​