Sheremetyevo International Airport has announced a 3.5 times increase in cargo-only transit between May 1-18, compared to the same time period in April when the airport handled more than 4,000 tonnes of medical cargo from international airlines, the company said.
Moscow Cargo is Sheremetyevo´s cargo operator.
Air transport has played a role in the delivery of medical supplies during the pandemic, and medical supplies have been a significant portion of imports handled at Sheremetyevo International Airport during April and May. The medical supplies consisted of masks, ventilators, medical equipment and medications.
Medical cargo is transported both on cargo aircraft and increasingly on cargo-only charter flights operated by passenger aircraft. About 35% of medical supplies handled at the Moscow Cargo terminal in April was delivered by cargo-only flights.
Cargo-only flight service requires a number of additional handling operations. Depending on the instructions of the air carrier, cargo can be placed not only in the luggage compartment, but also in the cabin, which requires special preparation. All surfaces of the aircraft cabin must be carefully covered with a protective film, and the cargo must be fastened securely.
Moscow Cargo LLC is a modern high-tech cargo aviation terminal and a primary handling operator of Sheremetyevo International Airport serving 72.5% of the airport´s cargo and mail volumet.