Russian airfreight soars

Russia’s freight traffic grew 6.3 per cent to nearly 2.5 trillion tonne-kilometers in 2007 according to Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov.

A total of 12 billion tonnes of freight was carried in 2007, which is more than two per cent growth on 2006. Commercial freight traffic reached 2,325 billion tonne-kilometers, a 6.6 per cent increase rise on 2006.

Meanwhile, Ivanov acknowledged that Russia was clearly experiencing a deficit of airfreight operations. Moreover, Ivanov noted an increase in exports of transportation services, which rose 16.5 per cent to $7.2 billion during the first three quarters of 2007 compared to the same period a year earlier.

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