Russian air transport statistics


Articles on civil aviation in Russia

Russian Airlines

Aviation head urges Russian airlines to reach 200 million passengers ‘in the near future’

It is expected that 128 million passengers will be carried by Russian airlines this year[...]
Wings of Russia

Wings of Russia’s prestigious Air Transport Awards winners are announced

The sought-after national awards covered 12 categories this year[...]
Superjet 75

Creation of the Superjet 75 shortened version is postponed indefinitely

The decision hands new opportunities for Embraer and Bombardier in the Russian market[...]

Russia not expecting orders for the CRAIC CR929 airliner before 2023

But the project’s Chinese partner says orders may be received this year[...]

Russia's Atran launches new route from Moscow to Xi'an in China

The express freight carrier’s first flight on this new Russia-China route was operated in cooperation with Russian Post[...]
S7 Technics

S7 Technics is first in Russia and CIS to perform base MRO checks on A320neo

Heavy maintenance checks were conducted on two S7 Airlines’ aircraft[...]
Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters asks to create local engines for light helicopters

They will power Ка-226s, Ка-62s and Ansats destined for government customers[...]
Azimuth Airlines

A ninth Superjet 100 is added to Azimuth Airlines’ fleet

Young Russian regional carrier recorded 266.8 per cent growth in first quarter[...]
Russian airlines

Russian airlines’ passenger traffic grew by 13 per cent in March

LCC Pobeda demonstrated the fastest growth among the five largest carriers of Russia[...]
S7 Technics

S7 Technics to rejuvenate two grounded Superjet 100s

The aircraft are among the first serial models manufactured by Sukhoi Civil and owned by the State Transport Leasing Company[...]
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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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