A surge in international volumes flown by Aeroflot and AirBridgeCargo (ABC) helped Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport handle more than 300,000 tonnes of cargo in 2018, up by 5.5% over prior year, Air Cargo News reported.
A spokesperson for the Russian hub said that international cargo volumes rose by more than 7% to more than 220,000 tonnes.
The spokesperson said: “Sustained growth of import cargo on international flights handled at Sheremetyevo (+25% against 2017) and by imports (+7.5% against 2017) were recorded in 2018, while the volume of transfer cargo remained the same. One of the factors contributing to the increase in international exports at Sheremetyevo was the growth in the export volumes of the two largest cargo air carriers of Russia serviced at the airport. The total growth of exports on international flights of Aeroflot and ABC was 33.9%, compared with 2017.”
The volume of mail, at around 35,000 tonnes, remained the same as in 2017.
The most popular international routes, accounting for more than 50% of the total freight traffic, were China, Germany, the US, the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea.
The largest increase in outbound and transit freight traffic in 2018 was marked on the routes to Liege (LGG), Leipzig (LEJ), Chengdu (CTU) and Taiwan (TPE).
The airport spokesperson said that “the most impressive growth of inbound and transit freight traffic “was seen on the routes from Tokyo (NRT), Chongqing (CKG), Zhengzhou (CGO) and Seoul (ICN).”