Moscow Sheremetyevo reports Q1 rise in cargo volumes
Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) handled 73,000 tons of cargo and 11.5 thousand tons of mail in the first quarter of 2020, increases of 9.3% and 6% respectively over the same period in 2019.
The combined average growth for mail and cargo was 8.8%, ensuring that SVO becomes the latest airport to report an upturn in cargo volumes while passenger numbers have slumped due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to SVO, Sheremetyevo LLC Moscow Cargo, the airport’s main cargo operator, handled about 75% of its cargo volumes, some 63.5 thousand tons of cargo and mail, a 12% increase compared to the same period in 2019.
The Russian gateway attributes the increase in tonnage to an 11.6% rise in cargo turnover on domestic airlines – primarily operated by the Aeroflot Group – 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% and the volume of the international airline transfers increased by 4.5%.
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.
Domestically, the main cargo routes for 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).