With all the people on planet Earth, Santa Claus needs a lot of help staging all of his presents for the good (and bad) girls and boys. That's where cargo carriers like UPS and FedEx come into play. The weeks before Christmas there is always an increase in cargo traffic at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and I can only imagine this increase happens worldwide. There are always more UPS and FedEx aircraft, and there are also cargo charters to help with the operations too.
Every year, the Arizona Aviation Photographers (AzAP) select one day prior to Christmas as the group's Holiday Heavies Meet-up. In 2019 that day was December 20. The members of the group, that can make it out, gather around the airport prior to sunrise to catch the morning's cargo operations. This year seemed especially busy with cargo traffic arriving and departing all morning, but I wasn't able to catch the Kalitta 747 that I was hoping to catch departing. It's always fun to spend time with good friends and take photos of extra, special cargo operations.