Russian air transport statistics


Articles on civil aviation in Russia

Royal Flight

Royal Flight opts for maintaining its Boeing 757s in Russia

Russian charter carrier will service its B757s at S7 Technics in Novosibirsk[...]
azimuth airlines

Russia’s Azimuth Airlines launches international services

World’s only all-Superjet 100 operator receives early permission to fly internationally[...]
Atran Airlines

Russia’s Atran to lease two Boeing 737-800 freighters

Volga-Dnepr Group’s scheduled cargo carrier to lease B737-800BCFs from GECAS[...]
Russia and France air agreement

Russia and France add frequencies, destinations and designated carriers

The number of weekly flights between the countries is increasing from 87 to 121[...]

Russia’s AirBridgeCargo creates a regional hub at Belgium’s Liège Airport

The Russian freight carrier’s initiative will lift Liège into Europe’s top five cargo airports[...]
Mineralnye Vody MRO

INSIGHT: Re-invention of Mineralnye Vody’s MRO status

The S7 Technics maintenance base, which once repaired Tupolevs, is being turned into a centre for re-delivery checks on western-built jets[...]
russia first boeing 737max

Russia’s first Boeing 737MAX is delivered

S7 Airlines becomes the first operator of the B737MAX aircraft in Russia[...]

Russia’s Izhavia to offer a dual-regional hub model

Russian airline to carry transit passengers between 13 regional destinations from Izhevsk and Samara[...]
Yakutia Superjet 100 damaged

Yakutia Superjet 100 damaged beyond repair after icy runway excursion

Iced runway conditions at Yakutsk Airport are the likely cause of the non-fatal hull loss[...]
St Petersburg's Pulkovo

St Petersburg's Pulkovo airport re-defines its roadmap for future upgrades

The existing terminal, built in 2013, is close to breaching its annual capacity limit[...]
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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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