Russian air transport statistics


Articles on civil aviation in Russia

Russia’s aircraft industry

Russia’s aircraft industry is endeavouring to preserve its key competences

The Russian commercial aircraft industry is at the crossroads between international cooperation and the phasing-out of imports[...]

Wing centre section for the Ilyushin IL-114-300 prototype has been assembled at Voronezh

The section is to be sent to the final assembly line in September[...]
belly landing

Ural Airlines Airbus A321 makes a safe belly landing after Moscow bird strike

Minor injuries reported among 233 people aboard[...]
Russian airlines

Russian airlines’ passenger traffic growth remained solid in July

Passenger air traffic growth in the mid-summer month amounted to 9.9 per cent[...]

Russia's Utair improves its financial performance

The financially troubled airline experienced a 34% reduction of its net loss in the first half of 2019[...]

Russia’s United Engines reveals the weight of the Sino-Russian CR929

The new wide-body aircraft will have similar weight parameters as the A330neo and the B787-9[...]
S7 Airlines

S7 Airlines temporarily becomes Sibir once again

In response to an ecological disaster, the Siberian carrier is temporarily reverting to its old name[...]
Rossiya Airlines

St Petersburg disillusioned with Rossiya Airlines

Unable to influence the Aeroflot Group airline’s development, the city administration is intending to sell off its share[...]

NordStar finds a temporary alternative for the embargoed B737 MAX

With B737 MAX deliveries suspended, the Russian airline is bringing in additional B737-800s[...]

Aeroflot’s second-in-command quits

Vadim Zingman, deputy CEO at Russia’s largest airline, has left the carrier[...]
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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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