Network expansion boosts S7 Airlines’ passenger numbers

S7 Airlines Direct flights were launched from St Petersburg to Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Olbia, and from Moscow to Nice (Domodedovo)

Russia’s S7 Airlines, which includes the carriers Sibir and Globus, transported 1.36 million passengers in April, up 19.4 per cent year-on-year.

Owned by the S7 Group, the airlines attribute their buoyant figures to their route expansion strategy.

In the period, more than a million people used S7 Airlines domestic flights, a 19.9 per cent improvement on April 2018, whilst international passenger traffic grew by 18 per cent to 341,723 passengers. S7’s revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) rose by 20.4 per cent.

Commenting on April’s results, Igor Veretennikov, director of commerce at S7 Group, reveals: “S7 Airlines have consistently followed a strategy of gradual growth. [The] increase on international routes is associated with newly launched flights to European destinations in advance of the peak summer season. Direct flights are now available for S7 Airlines passengers from St Petersburg to Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Olbia, and from Moscow to Nice,” he points out.

The airlines’ successful domestic route growth strategy, which includes launching flights from Novosibirsk to Novokuznetsk and from St Petersburg to Anapa, has also had a positive impact on its domestic passenger numbers, which are rising.

S7 Group consists of two airlines operating under S7 Airlines – Sibir and Globus. Of the group’s collective 98-strong fleet, 17 are Embraer E170 regional jets and 81 are narrow-bodies, including 11 re-engined A320neos, four A321neos, two Boeing 737MAX-8s, 18 Airbus A319s, 18 Airbus A320s, seven Airbus A321s and 21 Boeing 737-800s.

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