Russian air transport statistics


Articles on civil aviation in Russia

Ural Airlines

Ural Airlines takes delivery of another Airbus A321neo

The Russian airline’s neo fleet has now grown to five aircraft[...]
GA Telesis

Rossiya Airlines to lease two A319 aircraft

Lessor is the USA’s GA Telesis' Leasing Investment Financing & Trading Group[...]

Rostec gets fired up over proposed new ‘made-in-Russia’ airline

After president Putin’s rallying call, the game is on[...]

Wizz Air is the first to capitalise on Pulkovo’s seventh-freedom status

It may be the start of something big … with the European LCC possibly launching as many as 20 new routes to Russia[...]
russian airline

Russian government to create an airline dedicated to the country’s far east

The region encompasses 40 per cent of Russia’s entire land territory[...]
Sheremetyevo airport

Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport targets 100 million passengers by 2030

The first stage of the new terminal C at Russia’s largest airport is now operational[...]

The Airbus A350-900 is awarded a type certificate in Russia

National regulator Rosaviatsiya has validated the type ahead of its service entry with Russia’s launch customer Aeroflot[...]
Russian airlines' traffic

Russian airlines’ traffic grew by 10.2 per cent last year, air transport authority reports

In 2019, the country’s airlines collectively carried a record number of 128.1 million passengers[...]

The first flight of Russia’s Ilyushin IL-96-400M widebody is not expected before next year

The first flying prototype is currently at the final assembly stage, but there are still no customers for the upgraded Russian-built widebody[...]

Russia’s Sheremetyevo is world’s most punctual airport

Moscow airport tops punctuality league table, latest data shows[...]
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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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