Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport handled 148,000 tonnes of cargo and 22,000 tonnes of mail in the first half of 2019 as more cargo capacity fuelled the growth.
Volumes from January-June 2019 increased by two per cent compared to the same period in 2018. Sheremetyevo’s share of the total air cargo volume in Moscow has increased from 61 per cent to 67 per cent, compared to the first six months of 2018.
The increased figures are attributed to growth of cargo traffic of international airlines to 111,000 tonnes, a rise of 2.6 per cent compared to 2018. The volume of cargo traffic of domestic airlines remained the same as in 2018 at 37,000.
Sheremetyevo said the results “demonstrated a consistent growth trend” in export traffic in the first six months of 2019, as the export export of international airlines has grown by more than 45 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Compared to the same period in 2018, domestic lines have shown around a 10 per cent increase in export cargo and around a 20 per cent increase in transfer cargo.
The international destinations that contributed to more than 50 per cent of total cargo traffic were China, Germany, the Netherlands, and the US.
The largest increase of cargo traffic in export and transit in January-June 2019 was recorded to Liege, Milan Malpensa, Hong Kong, and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. In import and transit in January-June 2019, the biggest boost was recorded for Chongqing, Beijing, Seoul, and Paris.