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 1.8 million metric tonnes of cargo worth approximately $200 billion are processed per year — ranking O'Hare 20th globally​ and 6th U.S. cargo airport by tonnage.

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. For more information on cargo facilities and operations at O'Hare, please download our brochure​.

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 30 cargo carriers from Asia, Europe and the Americas, and over 30 international passenger carriers, 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, please contact Adam Rod in the Chicago Department of Aviation’s Planning office at (773) 894-6907 or adam.rod@cityofchicago.org.​​