Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) handled more than 260,000 tonnes of cargo in the first 11 months of 2017, up an astounding 30 per cent compared with the same period last year. The volume of mail increased by 42.4 per cent up to 30,000 tonnes over the first 11 months of 2017.
Due to the significant increase in cargo turnover on international flights this year, air freight volume also grew rapidly, the airport said. The volume of international freight shipments handled by ‘Moscow Cargo’ during the first 11 months of 2017 increased by 60.8 per cent compared to the same period in 2016, and their share in company’s total turnover accounted for more than 65 per cent.
These results follow the general trend of the intensive growth of international freight traffic at Sheremetyevo Airport in particular and MOW in general, the airport said. As for the domestic flights, freight traffic declined by 2.95 per cent.
The first 11 months of 2017 showed sustained growth of air cargo volume on international flights operated through Sheremetyevo Airport (up 80 per cent in the first 11 months of 2017 against the same period of 2016) and by imports (up 44 per cent). The structure of cargo flows on domestic flights experienced insignificant changes.
The most popular international routes, accounting for more than 50 per cent of the total freight traffic, were China, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, France, the US. Other high demand areas were the UK, India, Israel, Thailand and South Korea.
As for the cargo flow on the domestic flights, the Far East (Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky) remained the busiest routes during the year.
The largest increase in outbound and transit freight traffic was marked on the routes to Zhengzhou (CGO), New York (JFK), Heathrow (LHR), Seoul (ICH).
The most impressive growth of inbound and transit freight traffic was seen on the routes from Delhi (DEL), Oslo (OSL), Hanoi (HAN), Brussels (BRU).
Sheremetyevo International Airport is the largest Russian airport in terms of passenger and freight traffic, takeoff and landing operations and the area of the airport complex. The airport’s route network comprises 199 destinations. At the end of 2016 Airport served over 34 million passengers.
Sheremetyevo’s cargo terminal ‘Moscow Cargo‘ is the newest and the largest cargo complex in Russia with the area of 43,300sqm and annual capacity of 380,000 tonnes of cargo. The complex is equipped with the Lödige system for the automated handling of air cargo. There are independent container and bulk storage areas with unified automated operating system.
Moscow Cargo is equipped with automated seven-tier system of cargo shelf storage and handling designed for 3,198 pallets. There is four-tier area of container storage equipped with automated ULD processing system with total capacity of 576 storage bins, including 60 storage bins intended to store ULDs with temperature-sensitive cargo (temperature range of +2 — +8°С).
The complex is equipped with 13 conveyor lines reaching the aerodrome, 29 cargo acceptance/pick-up points equipped with dock levellers and shelters, two of which are intended to handle oversized cargo (including cars) and two are intended to accept express shipment items.
The airport also noted that Moscow Cargo has all necessary systems for handle different types of special cargo: 26 containers with adjusting temperature regime, storage areas of valuable cargo are equipped with humidity control system and gas fire extinguishing system. The terminal has soundproofed rooms for animals and is capable for handling all types of dangerous cargo including explosive and radioactive materials.