Ural Airlines reports passenger traffic growth

Ural Airlines is one of Russia's four largest carriers by passenger traffic The carrier has been doing better than the industry on the whole (Anna Zvereva / Wikipedia)

Yekaterinburg-based Ural Airlines saw its October passenger traffic grow 34.0% year-on-year to nearly 737,000.

The carrier thus recorded its second-highest traffic growth rate since the beginning of 2017 after January when its passenger numbers increased 35.1% year-on-year.

Ural Airlines’ growth indicators are recovering after a slowdown this past summer when its passenger traffic was up a mere 14% in June and 18% in July and August, reaching 25% in September.

The airline’s performance has been trending better than the rest of the industry which, according to the latest data provided by the Federal Air Transport Agency, boasted a 15% year-on-year growth in combined passenger traffic in October. During that month, Rossiya Airlines reported a 17% increase in passenger numbers. Aeroflot and S7 Airlines saw their traffic grow by 12% each. The trio plus Ural Airlines are the country’s largest carriers by traffic.

Over the first 10 months of the year, Ural Airlines saw its traffic grow by 24% year-on-year. It carried its seven-millionth passenger this year in the first half of November, an all-time record for the airline. As of 31 October, Ural Airlines had performed 47,097 flights in 20117, up 17% on 2016, and transported over 6.859 million passengers.

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