T asked in Cars & TransportationAircraft · 1 month ago

do commercial shippers (FedEx, UPS, DHL) have planes that use all airports in the US or just a few?  ?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    They use major airport hubs.  (DFW, Atlanta, O'Hare, etc.)  It wouldn't be profitable to make the Gid Turner Regional Airport and Bait Farm a stop on their route.

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  • 1 month ago

    They generally use the major international hubs which can handle the large cargo aircraft. They also have smaller aircraft which go to small markets which may be outside of the delivery areas for the big birds.

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  • Joseph
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Not all airports, there is not need for that.  They fly into larger airports and serve the  customers within ~100 radius using trucks.  That circle may encompass a number of airports.  FedEx and UPS, for example have large operations in both Newark, NJ and JFK airports, but they don't fly to LaGuardia or Westchester County airports.  

    To serve the areas further from the major airports FedEx uses smaller planes such as the cargo version of ATR-72 turboprop and Cessna Caravans and go the "last mile" by truck.

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  • Scott
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    There's hundreds of airports in the US. Most shippers use a few MAJOR airports as a hub, from there the packages are shipped by truck. I believe every piece of freight Fedex handles still goes through Memphis Int'l Airport, for example.

    • Joseph
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      1 month agoReport

      ". . . every piece of freight Fedex handles still goes through Memphis Int'l Airport . . "  Not every piece.  FedEx operates secondary hubs in number of place, Newark Liberty Airport in NJ is a major sorting hub.  Memphis is not large enough to handle every package FedEx handles. 

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  • Murzy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Most big airports are used since they are centrally located to their delivery areas.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No. There are almost 20,000 airports in the U.S. and only about 5,000 are public use. Of those, many are not used for commercial purposes. 

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  • Rick
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    they have big airport 'hubs' that they work out of but they can fly anywhere.  But to unload a cargo plane takes specialized equipment, room, and employees .........................

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