Sheremetyevo International Airport handled more than 73 thousand tons of cargo and 11.5 thousand tons of mail in the first quarter of 2020, an increase of by 9.3% for goods and 6% for mail over the same period in 2019. The combined average growth for mail and cargo was 8.8%.
Sheremetyevo LLC Moscow Cargo, the airport’s main cargo operator, handled about 75% of the airport’s total cargo traffic, some 63.5 thousand tons of cargo and mail, a 12% increase compared to the same period in 2019.
The increase in volume at Sheremetyevo is due primarily to an increase of 11.6% in cargo turnover on domestic airlines compared to 2019. Transportation on domestic airlines increased by 2.6%.
The largest growth in international flights in the first quarter of 2020 was in export cargo transported via Sheremetyevo, which increased by 37.9% in volume compared to the same period in 2019. The flow of imported cargo on international flights also increased noticeably, by about 12.5%. The volume of the international airline transfers increased by 4.5%.
Inbound cargo traffic on domestic flights, decreased by 19%, while outbound cargo traffic increased by about 9.3%. The volume of transfer cargo on domestic flights increased by 2.6% compared to last year. The increased cargo volume in the first quarter of 2020 was caused by growth in traffic on flights of Sheremetyevo’s strategic partner, Aeroflot Group, which is serviced at the Moscow Cargo terminal. Cargo traffic by Aeroflot and Russia Airline in the first quarter increased by 11.6%.
The main external destinations, which accounted for about half of the total cargo flow, are Germany, China, Korea, the USA and Netherlands, followed by Japan, Israel and Singapore.
As to the domestic routes, the main cargo flow for domestic cargo traditionally is to the Far East (Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky).
The largest volume of cargo for export and transit in the first quarter was to airports in Frankfurt (FRA), Shanghai (PVG), Amsterdam (AMS), Vladivostok (VVO), and Chicago (ORD).
The largest volume of cargo traffic on import and transit in the first quarter was from airports Frankfurt (FRA), Hong Kong (HKG), Shanghai (PVG), Amsterdam (AMS), and Seoul (ICN).