Russian air transport statistics


Articles on civil aviation in Russia


Krasnoyarsk: the Siberian transport hub linking Europe and Asia

Aeroflot is to launch international hub operations at Krasnoyarsk airport[...]
Jet Flight Service

Embraer approves Russian company to support the Legacy 600/650 in Moscow

Jet Flight Service has been approved as an Embraer Authorised Service Center[...]

PHOTO: Aviastar-TU changes the livery on one of its Tupolev Tu-204s

The aircraft has been re-branded in the colours of the Alibaba-controlled Cainiao Network[...]
Russian airlines

Russian airlines’ passenger traffic growth slowed down in September

Flag carrier Aeroflot’s figures were flat in the month[...]

Russian, Saudi wealth funds and German investment group create an aircraft leasing company for Russia

Partners plan to invest more than US$600 million in the business[...]

Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss elect to stay at Domodedovo

Largest European airline group operating in Russia has opted to extend its contract with the Moscow airport until 2025[...]
Rossiya Airlines

Rossiya Airlines to transfer some of its Boeing 737-800s to LCC Pobeda and Aeroflot

The Aeroflot Group airline is to focus on mid-haul network expansion from St Petersburg[...]
S7 Airlines

One third of Russia’s second biggest carrier’s fleet to become all-economy

S7 Airlines is to rejig its A320ceos into all-economy configurations as the demand for affordable travel increases[...]
S7 Airlines

S7 Airlines’ Airbus A320neo-family fleet grows to 20

The new A320neo is based at Novosibirsk, Siberia[...]
Azimuth Airlines

Russia’s Azimuth Airlines to develop its network beyond the CIS

The all-Superjet 100 operator is to launch flights to Tel Aviv and Munich[...]
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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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