Russian air transport statistics


Articles on civil aviation in Russia

IFC has also ordered two Q400 turboprops from Bombardier

IFС places six Bombardier CS300s with undisclosed customer

The lessor has 20 of the type on order from the Canadian manufacturer[...]
GTLK wants to prevent Superjets operated in Europe from getting into AOG situations caused by lack of parts

GTLK to open SSJ100 parts depot in Europe

Ireland's CityJet is so far the only European operator for the type[...]
Aeroflot Group carried a combined total of 4.1 million passengers in Mayf

Aeroflot Group sees traffic growth slow to 15.8%

The country's flag carrier still reports double-digit growth rates, albeit at a slower pace than earlier this year[...]
VEB-Leasing declines to comment on the reported deal

VEB-leasing reportedly orders A320neo narrowbodies

The lessor is believed to be buying 20 new-generation Airbus airliners[...]
Safran Group will provide the air conditioning system for the MC-21

MC-21 to miss MAKS, get French ventilation system

The airliner is undergoing factory tests in Siberia[...]
The two Il-96-300PU(M1) airliners are to be delivered in 2018 and 2019

VASO to build two Il-96-300s, purportedly for Russian president

One such “command-post” airliner is currently used to transport the country's president[...]
VSMPO-AVISMA looking to supply more high-end products to Boeing and Airbus

Russia's VSMPO-AVISMA gains weight

The company is Russia's major titanium producer[...]
The only current operator of Il-114-100 turboprops is Uzbekistan Airways

Ilyushin, PWC looking to resume Il-114-100 production

This particular version of the Russian turboprop is powered by Canadian PW127H engines[...]
UAC sets up a center for all civil programs

SCAC to manage all Russian civil aircraft programs

SCAC's new president Vladislav Masalov tells how the company will transform and what projects it will take on board[...]
The MC-21 could replace older Boeing and Airbus narrowbody models in Russian carriers' fleets

Russia might offer trade-in scheme to MC-21 customers

The government is to come up with a workable solution by September[...]
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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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