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Articles on civil aviation in Russia

lock-down of domestic air travel in Russia

Full lock-down of domestic air travel in Russia is a possibility

Russian government is considering imposing restrictions on movements within the country[...]
Russian airlines

Just before the crisis: Russian airlines’ positive operational performances for January and February 2020

These two months are the final period of ‘normal life’ that will be used as the baseline for all future comparisons[...]

LCC Pobeda is Russia's first big airline to voluntarily suspend all operations

Because of the COVID-19 fallout, all flights of Aeroflot's low-cost subsidiary have now been grounded for two months[...]
CIS COVID-19 closed borders

CIS states close their borders and suspend air connections

Belarus is the only nation in the region to describe closing borders as ‘nonsense’[...]
COVID-19 Russia suspends air connections

Russia suspends all air connections with foreign countries

From March 27, only evacuation flights will cross Russia’s borders[...]

Interview: Andrey Egorov, general director of KrasAvia, on the COVID-19 crisis, the ATR-72 project and the woes of the depressed oil industry

“In our industry people are too valuable to cast aside. So we’ll try to survive together.”[...]

Blitz-Interview: Smartavia’s Viktor Anoshkin on the airline’s operations amidst the COVID-19 crisis

“Airline bankruptcies are likely to follow, and the recovery period won’t be a quick one”[...]
Aeroflot Group

Aeroflot granted a period of grace for lease payments on 67 aircraft

Following Russia’s airline group’s arrangement with VTB Leasing, it is now anticipating similar indulgences from other state lessors[...]
Fitch Aeroflot

Fitch revises Aeroflot's outlook to ‘negative’ and affirms its rating as 'BB'

The Russian flag carrier's 'BB' status reflects a two-notch uplift for state support[...]
Russia suspends

Russia suspends all international air connections

Aeroflot has been granted monopoly rights to continue flights to the world’s capital cities, most of which are now inaccessible[...]
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Key economic indicators

Capital, surface area: Moscow, 17,098,250 sq km


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Aviation authority

Federal Air Transport Agency

Russian air transport statistics

Passengers carried by Russian airlines in 2004-2016 - Russian Aviation Insider

Key performance indicators for Russian civil aviation, by type of service

Sources: Russian Transport Clearing House, Federal Air Transport Agency.

Top Russian international routes by passenger numbers carried

* The figures are for the total number of passengers carried in both directions within each city pair. The “from-to” directions given in the table had the higher number of passengers carried in 2016.

Source: Russian Transport Clearing House.

Top Russian domestic routes by passenger numbers carried

* The figures are for the total number of passengers carried in both directions within each city pair. The “from-to” directions given in the table had the higher number of passengers carried in 2016.

Source: Russian Transport Clearing House.

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Major airlines

Because of the economic slowdown, the number of Russian commercial airlines decreased from 389 companies registered in 1996 to 113 in 2016. This dramatic reduction is a direct reflection of market consolidation and the government’s policy to raise barriers for new players entering the air transport market. The airline assets controlled by the federal government are merged into the Aeroflot Group. Other local carriers are either privately owned or controlled by regional authorities.

After the demise in late 2015 of Transaero, Russia’s second largest airline, the local market has been dominated principally by the Aeroflot Group and several other large players comprising S7 Group (which includes S7 Airlines and Globus), as well as UTair and Ural Airlines.  Currently, the top-10 Russian airlines control 80% of the Russian market (see the diagram below), whilst foreign airlines carried less than 10 per cent of overall passenger numbers – or 28% of passengers on international routes to/from Russia in 2015.

Russian airlines’ market shares 2016

The market shares are calculated by passengers carried on international and domestic routes


Russian airlines statistics section contains detailed data on the number of passengers carried, passenger kilometers accomplished and passenger load factors for the leading Russian airlines between 2005 and 2016.

Major airlines’ company profiles

Provided below is the list of major airlines by passengers carried on international and domestic routes in 2016. Each airline profile contains information on the base airports, fleet, number of passengers carried (YOY since 2005), contacts and list of articles.

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Major airports

As of the beginning of 2016, Russia had 254 civil airfields and heliports, including 74 operating international airports. Of this total, 178 airports have paved runways, 76 are unpaved. 31  are certified for ICAO Cat I landings, 10 more for Cat II landings and only three – Moscow’s Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo – for Cat III landing capabilities.

Major airports’ company profiles

Provided below is the list of major Russian international airports by passengers served in 2016. Each airport profile contains general information on the airport, data on runways, approved aircraft types, number of passengers served (YOY since 2005), contacts and list of articles.

Open sky agreements

  • Vladivostok – since Autumn 2011
  • Kaliningrad – since Summer 2015
  • Saint-Petersburg – negotiations are in progress


Russian airports statistics section contains detailed data on the number of passengers and freight tonnages carried through Russia’s top airports between 2005 and 2016.

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