August 18 - Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) has completed the construction of the 43,000 sq m Moscow Cargo terminal.

SVO said the new hub had been constructed in partnership with Volga-Dnepr Group and Aeroflot. Moscow Cargo, the ground handling agent at SVO, says the terminal would be open for operations next month.

The project commenced in March 2016 as part of SVO's development and modernisation programme for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

According to the airport, the cargo terminal meets all modern requirements in the area of ground cargo handling, and exceeds the level of technical equipment of similar facilities in Russia. SVO claims this creates "favourable conditions" for further development of the global cargo hub, in partnership with Volga-Dnepr and Aeroflot.

Located 29 km northwest of central Moscow, the terminal is equipped with an automated seven-tier system of cargo racking for shelf storage and handling, designed for 3,198 pallets; a four-tier area for container storage, equipped with an automated ULD processing system; 13 conveyor lines reaching the aerodrome; and 29 cargo acceptance/pick-up points equipped with dock levellers and canopies. 

Two of the dock levellers and canopies are intended to handle oversized cargoes, says SVO, while two will be used for express shipment items.