Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport handled more than 335,000 tonnes of cargo in 2018 – 5.5 per cent more than 2017.
The Russian airport said the volume of mail remained the same as the previous year and the overall tonnage surge was powered by growth in international cargo that was up by more than seven per cent compared with 2017 and reached more than 220,000 tonnes.
Sustained growth of import cargo on international flights handled at Sheremetyevo (+25 per cent against 2017) and by imports (+7.5 per cent against 2017) were recorded in 2018, 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 carriers of Russia serviced at the airport: the total growth of exports on international flights of Aeroflot and AirBridgeCargo Airline was 33.9 per cent compared with 2017.
The most popular international routes, accounting for more than 50 per cent of the total freight traffic, were China, Germany, the USA, 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, Leipzig, Chengdu and Taiwan (TPE). The most impressive growth of inbound and transit freight traffic was seen on the routes from Tokyo, Chongqing, Zhengzhou and Seoul.
Sheremetyevo is the largest Russian airport in terms of freight traffic, take-off and landing operations, the area of airport facilities and has the most cargo capacity.