Russia’s Sheremetyevo Airport reports 149,000 tonnes cargo traffic in first half of 2020

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Sheremetyevo International Airport has handled more than 134,000 tonnes of cargo and 15,000 tonnes of mail in the first six months of 2020, despite the crisis in air travel caused by the spread of coronavirus infection.

Moscow Cargo LLC, a modern, high-tech air cargo terminal and the main handling operator at Sheremetyevo, handled about 73% of the airport’s total cargo traffic, a total of 103,884 tonnes of cargo and mail.

Freight traffic bound for Germany, China, Korea, USA and The Netherlands, Holland accounted for about half of the total and were the principal foreign cargo destinations, followed by Japan, Israel and Singapore.

The principal domestic cargo destinations were the far eastern cities of Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Airports receiving the largest volume of export and transit cargo in the first quarter were Frankfurt (FRA), Shanghai (PVG), Vladivostok (VVO), Amsterdam (AMS), and Khabarovsk (KHV).

Airports receiving the largest volume of import and transit cargo in the first quarter were Shanghai (PVG), Frankfurt (FRA), Beijing (PEK), Hong Kong (HKG), and Chicago (ORD).

Sheremetyevo International Airport is one of the top ten hubs in Europe and the largest Russian airport in terms of passenger and freight traffic. In 2019, the airport served 49,933,000 passengers, an increase of 8.9% over 2018.

The Moscow Cargo terminal, enabling the airport’s cargo and postal turnover with a total area of 42,300 m² and designed to handle 380,000 tonnes of cargo per year, is the largest in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe. High-tech equipment and production facilities for processing special goods categories allow Moscow Cargo LLC to effectively service all types of cargo without restrictions. No other airport in Russia has comparable equipment and capabilities.

In 2019, the Moscow Cargo terminal handled more than 275,000 tonnes of cargo and mail, an increase of 12% over the previous year, which was significantly higher than both the all-Russian indicators and the average indicators of the global air cargo market.

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