MOSCOW, April 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- 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), Seoul (ICN).
Sheremetyevo International Airport is included in the TOP-10 airports hubs in Europe, the largest Russian airport in terms of passenger and cargo traffic. In 2019, the airport served 49 million 933 thousand passengers, which is 8.9% more than in 2018.
According to the reports for 2019 and international ratings of the OAG analytical company and the Cirium agency, Sheremetyevo took first place in punctuality among the largest airports in the world - 95% of flights from SVO departed as scheduled. Sheremetyevo is recognized as the best airport in the world according to the global analytical study of the British company Stasher.
Sheremetyevo Airport is the holder of the highest 5-star Skytrax rating.
Moscow Cargo LLC is a modern high-tech cargo aviation terminal and the main handling operator of the Sheremetyevo International Airport, which serves 72.5% of the airport's cargo and mail traffic.
Today, the Moscow Cargo terminal with a total area of 42,300 m², designed to handle 380 thousand tons of cargo per year, is the largest in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe and has no analogues in Russia in terms of technical equipment. High-tech equipment and production facilities for processing goods categories allow LLC "Moscow Cargo" to effectively serve all types of cargo without limitations.
In 2019, the Moscow Cargo terminal handled over 275 thousand tons of cargo and mail, showing an increase of +12%, which is significantly higher than the all-Russian indicators and the average indicators of the global air cargo market.
SOURCE Sheremetyevo International Airport