Russia’s largest carrier – Aeroflot reported 11.2% traffic surge in October compared to the same month last year. Its international traffic grew faster than domestic. In general the carrier’s traffic has been growing steadily recently- by 11.8% in September and 6.1% in August.
The airline carried 2.602 million passengers in October. The number of domestic passengers increased 7.8% to 1,254 million passengers. The load factor dropped 1.4 percentage points to 84.1%.
At the same time load factor on international flights picked up 2.9 percentage points to 80.8%. International traffic manifested unusual growth of 14.6%. Over 1.348 million passengers chose Aeroflot’s international service for their travel needs.
Aeroflot explained the positive trend by stabilizing macroeconomic situation, increased frequencies and launch of new destinations.
Operational results of the entire Aeroflot group also improved. Its member airlines (apart from the parent carrier these include Rossiya, Pobeda and Aurora) carried 3.838 million passengers in October this year, up 11.5% from the same month of 2015.
Out of the total number 2.164 million passengers were carried on domestic lines (+3.6% YoY), and 1.674 million passengers on international flights (+23.7% YoY).
Commenting on the group’s international traffic results Aeroflot said that the improvement is due to development of Rossiya’s charter program and expansion of Pobeda’s route network.
The group’s load factor increased 81%, despite significant capacity expansion of 23%. The group’s fleet increased by 33 aircraft out of which 23 were delivered to Aeroflot.
As of October 31, 2016 there were 190 aircraft in Aeroflot’s fleet and 291 in the entire group’s fleet.
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