YEREVAN, January 21. /ARKA/. The South Caucasus Railway transported 3,275,200 tons of cargoes and 415,400 passengers in 2013, the company's press office reports.
According to the press release, the railway's freight traffic shrank 5.3% in 2013, compared with the previous year, while passenger traffic grew 4% from 52,992,000 passenger-kilometers in 2012 to 55,123,800 passenger-kilometers in 2013.
Some 456,000 tons were taken from Armenia, 1,260,700 tons were imported to it and 1,558,500 tons were carried from destination to destination inside the country.
Non-ferrous metal ores (more than 1.3 million tons), cereals (over 455,000 tons), oil products (276,800 tons), construction materials (133,500 tons) and cement (more than 110,200) dominated freight traffic in 2013.
The South Caucasus Railway's trains carried 245,000 tons of cargoes in December alone – 29,700 tons were exported from Armenia 120,000 tons were brought to it and 95,300 tons were carried inside the country.
Of 415,400 passengers transported by the company's trains in 2013, 60,200 were carried from country to country and 355,200 were carried between local destinations.
South Caucasus Railway CJSC CEO Viktor Rebets instructed responsible managers to do whatever necessary to build up either freight or passenger traffic by attracting new cargies and passengers.
South Caucasus Railway, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, runs Armenian Railway, which was handed over to the South Caucasus Railway on February 13, 2008 for 30-year concession management with a right to prolong the management term for other 10 years. -0---