Russian air transport statistics


Articles on civil aviation in Russia

Red Wings looking to reach profitability in 2017

Russian-made Tu-204s currently constitute the core of the carrier's fleet[...]
UTair's passenger traffic grew by 21.3% during the period, however

UTair reports Q1 net loss

The carrier blames depreciation of the national currency[...]
Red Wings is planning to eventually replace its Tupolev and Airbus airliners with Irkut MC21s

Red Wings receives its first foreign-built aircraft

The carrier is planning to add five more A320-family airliners to its fleet (Ilya Martemyanov)[...]
MAKS 2017 selects Show Observer as its official daily

Show Observer selected as MAKS 2017 official daily

Show Observer has been officially covering Russia’s main air show since 2005.[...]
Aeroflot has seen its traffic grow since the beginning of 2017

Aeroflot adds new A321 to fleet

The carrier has already put the narrowbody into operation[...]
VIM Airlines says it is not planning to compete against Aeroflot Group

INSIGHT: Ambitious VIM Airlines restructuring fleet

The privately owned Russian carrier targets the Chinese market[...]
The increased-thrust Superjet will be able to operate from short runways

EASA certifies Superjet with more powerful engines

SCAC expects the new SSJ100 version to be popular with carriers flying in hot and high conditions[...]
SuperJet International is the Western partner of SSJ100 manufacturer Sukhoi Commercial Aircraft

Management reshuffle at SuperJet International

The enterprise's new head has until recently been responsible for customer support[...]
Nordavia may also contract FL Technics to provide maintenance services for its future A320s

Nordavia contracts FL Technics for Boeing 737 maintenance

The Russian carrier intends to phase out two of its 737 Classics next year[...]
The MC-21-300 prototype was rolled out in April

First MC-21-300 prototype in taxi trials

The aircraft is being readied for its maiden flight[...]
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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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