Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International airport handled over 290,000 tonnes of cargo and mail in up to the end of November this year. This is 30 per cent more than the same period last year. The volume of mail increased by 42.4 per cent, to 30,000 tonnes, over the same period. The first 11 months of 2017 showed sustained growth of transit air cargo on international flights at the airport, rising 80 per cent in the period. The structure of cargo flows on domestic flights experienced insignificant changes.
Due to the significant increase in cargo turnover on international flights, the volume of international freight shipments handled by Moscow Cargo during the period increased by 60.8 per cent compared to the same period in 2016. Domestic Russian air cargo activity fell modestly by three percent in the same period.
The most popular international routes, accounting for more than half of total freight traffic, were China, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, France and the US. Other in demand areas were the UK, India, Israel, Thailand and South Korea.
As for domestic cargo flow, the Far East region, including Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky remained the busiest direction for a second year.
The largest increase in outbound freight traffic was noted on routes to Zhengzhou, New York, London Heathrow and Seoul. Impressive inbound growth was noted from Delhi, Oslo, Hanoi and Brussels.