Interros, AirBridge Cargo to build Krasnoyarsk freight hub

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Russian industrial group Interros and Volga-Dnepr's scheduled arm AirBridge Cargo have concluded an agreement to develop a cargo hub at Krasnoyarsk.

The project envisages creating a multimodal international transport and logistics centre in partnership with the civil aviation agency Rosaviatsia, the federal customs authority and the Krasnoyarsk regional administration.

Under the pact, Interros will be in charge of expanding the cargo handling capacity of Krasnoyarsk Yemelyanovo Airport up to 100,000t a year in line with the projected increase in traffic, implementing modern technologies and supplying necessary equipment.

"The goal is to enhance its competitiveness in terms of international transport services and realise its great potential as a nexus for air links between Europe and Asia," said Interros vice-president Sergei Batekhin.

In August, AirBridge Cargo launched three weekly Boeing 747 flights from the Netherlands to Zhengzhou in China with landings at Krasnoyarsk and Ekaterinburg. It also intends to fly from both cities to Chengdu, which will become its sixth scheduled destination in the Far East.

The carrier's director Tatyana Arslanova said the joint project with Interros perfectly fits in its strategy of reinforcing its presence in the growing Asian market.