In January to March 2006 positive tendencies reigned in the transport sector. Cargo deliveries by all types of transport conveyances made up 30.7 million tons, 10.7% more than 2005. 52.6% of entire cargo deliveries fell on private sector.
In January to March 2006 the cargo turnover of the transport sector beat the record and comprised 6.9 billion ton per km, 18.1% more as compared to 2005. The growth was achieved thanks to rise in railway transportation in the western direction.
The aggregate amount of passenger transportation grew 5.3% as compared to 2005 and made up 247.5 million men. In this period 83.7% of passengers used automobile transport.
In this period the cargo transportation and cargo turnover by automobiles with consideration of physical entities reached 15.3 million tons and 1.9 billion ton/km, rising by 6.1% and 8.5% respectively. The passenger transportation by automobile grew 5.3% and was equal to 207.4m people.
The railway transportation grew 35.8% as compared to 2005 and comprised 7 million tons. The cargo turnover of the railway rose 36.8% to 2.6 billion tons/km.
Thus, in the first quarter of 2006 the Azerbaijan State Railway Department (ASRD) over-fulfilled the target by 5.1 million tons, of 890,200 more than the target. In this period, 4 million tons of oil and oil products have been transported. The daily oil production comprised 735.5 carriages or 111% against the forecast of 662.1 carriages. The amount of cargo deliveries exceeded the last year figure by 1884,600 tons. The forecast on productivity of locomotives was also fulfilled by 110.8%. the average weight of the freight carriage made up 2149 tons, which 49 tome more than the 2005. The tariff target on cargo turnover was implemented by 129%, or 697,500 tons/km more than the previous year. In this period passenger transportation comprised 1.3 million passengers and the incomes totaled to 4m manats.
The cargo shipping comprised 3.3 million tons with a rise of 1.6% as compared to 2005. The two third part of cargo deliveries fell on oil and oil products, while one third was dry cargo. The cargo turnover grew 10.1%, comprising 1.9 billion ton/km. The passenger deliveries rose 51.1%.
The considerable part of cargo deliveries of the Caspian Shipping Company (3,034 tons, or 46,000 tons more than 2005) was carried out by vessels functioning in the Caspian. 2,181 tons of entire cargo was delivered by tankers, 785,000 tons by train ferries, 323,000 0 dry cargo. In this period 2900 people used the services of the train ferries. 255,000 tons of different cargo was transported by dry cargo. It was 8,000 tons more as compared to last year.
In this period oil transportation via oil pipelines dropped 4.7% as compared to 2005 and comprised 3.1 million tons. Meanwhile, gas transportation via main oil pipelines made up 2.8 million cu m of natural gas, or 20.4% up as compared to 2005.
48.2% of the transported gas was imported, which grew 4.5% as compared to last year. The cargo turnover of the main oil pipelines fell 10.1% and gas pipelines 21.7% as compared to last year.
Passengers transportation via airways grew 3.6% and made up 243,300 million people, including 6.1% implemented by private sector.
Metro remains to be the popular and profitable. In this period a total of 38.5 million passengers traveled by metro, which is 5.4% up as compared to 2005.
The opposite situation was observed in the passenger transportation by trolleybuses. Use of this transport conveyance decreased 3.8 times as compared to 2005 and made up 58,700 people.