Russian air transport statistics


Articles on civil aviation in Russia

Uzbekistan Airways also has Boeing 787s in its fleet

Russian tycoon leases A340 as presidential transport to Uzbekistan Airways

The airliner is registered on the Isle of Man[...]
RusJet demonstrated a 60% traffic growth between 2014 and April 2017

INTERVIEW: RusJet growing despite downward market trends

The carrier saw its traffic increase by 60% between 2014 and 2017[...]
A total of 115 Superjet airliners are currently in operation worldwide

Russian manufacturer assembles 300th SaM146 engine for Superjet

The entire fleet of SaM146 powerplants has logged over 700,000 flight hours[...]
S7 is looking to have a flock of A320neo family airliners delivered

S7 Airlines terminates Boeing 767 operations

Both of the carrier's widebodies will be returned to the lessor this year[...]
The MC-21 is on schedule for certicication in 2019

Second MC-21 flying prototype to be powered up in October

There are currently four more prototypes inside the final assembly hangar[...]
Moscow is having its airspace rearranged

New flight control center operational in Moscow

The facility covers 70 airfields within immediate vicinity[...]
Azimuth Airlines has hefty backers

Azimuth Airlines to get new stakeholder

A regional entity is lending a hand[...]
Yamal also operates A320s, 737 Classics, and a mix of regional jets

Yamal Airlines gets ex-Aeroflot A321

The 12.9-year-old airliner has already been painted in the new customer's livery[...]
The only SSJ100 operator in Europe is currently CityJet

German specialist to provide MRO services on SSJ100

The provider has obtained relevant approvals from EASA and the national authorities; Russian certification is pending[...]
The UAC is to be merged with another Russian aircraft manufaccturing specialist

Government prepared to reduce share in Russia's revamped UAC

The reorganized entity will be known as Irkut Corporation[...]
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Key economic indicators

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

2012 2013 2014 2015
GDP (current bln US$) 2,170.15 2,230.63 2,030.97 1,326.02
GDP growth (annual %) 3.5 1.3 0.7 -3.7
Inflation, GDP deflator (annual %) 8.3 4.8 9 7.7
Population, total mln 143.20 143.51 143.82 144.10
Official exchange rate (ruble per US$, period average) 30.8 31.8 38.4 60.9

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Aviation authority

Federal Air Transport Agency

Russian air transport statistics

Passengers carried by Russian airlines in 2004-2015 - 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 2015.

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 2015.

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 2015.

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 2015.

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