Sheremetyevo International airport handled approximately 205,000 tonnes of cargo and 21,500 tonnes of mail in the first nine months of 2020, retaining its position as the largest air cargo hub in Russia.
Moscow Cargo LLC handled 50 percent more imported medical cargo from April to September than during the same period in 2019.These volumes were achieved despite a significant reduction in routes and a decrease in the number passenger flights associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Total cargo volume through Sheremetyevo decreased by 12.4 percent during the first nine months of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. At the same time, owing to the decrease in international cargo transportation in that period (-16.8 percent compared to the previous year), while the volume of domestic flights remained at the level of 2019 (+ 0.3 percent).
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the bulk of cargo at Sheremetyevo Airport was carried on passenger flights, with cargo airlines handling about 30%. With the decrease in passenger traffic, more than 70 percent of the airport’s cargo turnover in the second and third quarters of 2020 was from cargo flights and cargo-only flights. The airport was able to offset the decrease in the number of international passenger flights by interacting effectively with cargo existing carriers and attracting new airlines operating cargo charter flights.