Russian air transport statistics


Articles on civil aviation in Russia


Russia’s AirBridgeCargo to launch Boeing 777F operations next year

Dubai-based company to lease three new B777 freighters to the B747F operator[...]
Azur Air

Azur Air contracts AFI KLM E&M for Boeing 777 modifications

The European MRO group has carried out three previous cabin modification projects for the Russian airline[...]
VD Gulf

Volga-Dnepr Group completes C-check on an Iraqi Airways Boeing 777

VD Gulf undertakes its first project on the type[...]

MC-21 lives up to its max performance targets in testing

New aircraft beats western rivals in speed and operational limits, manufacturer Irkut claims[...]
S7 Airlines

S7 Airlines signs for GE’s power-by-hour offer

Seven-year contract covers the Russian airline’s Embraer E170 engines[...]
Superjet 100 crash

Superjet 100 crash at Sheremetyevo triggered by electric storm says initial report

Investigation finds that go-around was not initiated by an activated thrust reverser[...]
Royal Flight

Royal Flight becomes Russia’s next Boeing 777 operator

The charter carrier expects to take delivery of two more of the type in the near future[...]
Russian airlines

FORECAST: Nine per cent growth expected for Russian airlines this year

Russian think-tank TCH warns about overloaded Moscow airports and the necessity of developing regional flows[...]
VAT exempt

Russian airlines’ foreign aircraft escape VAT liabilities until 2023

But Russian government is intensifying efforts to encourage carriers to list imported aircraft on local register[...]
S7 Airlines

Russia’s S7 Airlines takes delivery of its 99th airliner

The 16th Airbus A320neo family aircraft is the latest element in the rejuvenation of the airline’s fleet[...]
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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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