Russian air transport statistics


Articles on civil aviation in Russia

UAC commercial projects

INSIGHT: Review of United Aircraft Corporation’s commercial projects

Russia's UAC estimates its share of the global 80-120-seat regional jet market is 37.5 per cent[...]
Ural Airlines Belavia

Ural Airlines and Belavia launch code-sharing pact

Russia’s fourth-largest airline and Belarus’ flag carrier offer shared services across each other’s route networks[...]
S7 Technics

S7 Technics opens maintenance line station at Sheremetyevo

Russian leisure carrier Royal Flight has become the new line station’s first customer[...]

Volga-Dnepr and China’s Henan province endorse their strategic cooperation

The parties aim to make a notable contribution to the creation of trans-Siberian air bridge[...]

Russia's IrAero launches year-round Boeing 777 services to China

Irkutsk-based regional carrier diversifies its business[...]

Russia’s IFly adds a seventh A330 to its fleet

Vnukovo-based charter airline proceeds with its Airbus fleet expansion plan[...]
Utair Airlines

Utair Airlines offers five airframes for sale

For US$300,000 each, the aircraft are to be sold without engines and APUs[...]

Passenger numbers through Zhukovsky continue to climb

New Russian airport’s July operational result tripled that of last year[...]
VRT500 helicopter

TsAGI completes first stage of VRT500 helicopter aerodynamic testing

Wind-tunnel test results confirm new Russian light helicopter’s design projections[...]
Low-cost Pobeda

Low-cost Pobeda Airlines to double its frequencies from Russian regions

Russian budget airline aims to boost its share of direct inter-regional flights to 46 per cent[...]
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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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