Aeroflot Group’s passenger numbers up by 6.6 per cent in 1Q 2018
In the first three months of this year, Aeroflot Group (which consists of Aeroflot, Rossiya Airlines, low-cost carrier Pobeda Airlines and regional operator Aurora Airlines) carried 11 million passengers, up 6.6 per cent year-on-year.
In the period, Aeroflot, Russia’s national airline, carried 7.4 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 5.4 per cent.
Group and Aeroflot RPKs increased in the quarter by 6.7 and 4.6 per cent year-on-year respectively. The passenger load factor increased by 0.4 pp year-on-year, up to 78.5 per cent for Aeroflot Group and down by 1.2 pp year-on-year to 76.5 per cent for the individual airline.
In March 2018, the Group collectively carried 3.9 million passengers, up 7.6 per cent year-on-year. The airline itself carried 2.7 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 6.5 per cent. Group and airline RPKs were up 7.5 per cent and 5.3 per cent year-on-year, respectively in the month.
On domestic routes, Group passengers carried and RPKs grew by 6.7 per cent and 7.7 per cent year-on-year, respectively. Aeroflot passengers carried and RPKs increased by 6.9 and 4.8 per cent year-on-year, respectively. The passenger load factor on domestic routes increased by 1.9 pp year-on-year to 80.3 per cent for Aeroflot Group, and decreased by 0.8 pp year-on-year to 79.6 per cent for the national airline.
In March 2018, the number of passengers carried on the Group’s international routes increased by 8.8 per cent year-on-year. RPKs grew by 7.4 per cent, while capacity grew by 8.4 per cent. The number of passengers carried by Aeroflot on international routes increased by 6.1 per cent. RPKs grew by 5.6 per cent, ASKs by 7.4 per cent. The passenger load factor on international routes decreased by 0.7 pp year-on-year to 79.8 per cent for Aeroflot group and by 1.3 pp to 77.8 per cent for the airline.
According to the Group, the passenger load factor in the international segment decreased because of the affect of increased flight frequencies, primarily on European and US routes. In addition, the significant increase in the passenger load factor in March 2017 was driven by the appreciation of the ruble, a fact which created a high base factor, leading to a non-material normalisation of this indicator in the March 2018 reporting period.
Implementing its fleet modernisation and expansion strategy, the Group added seven aircraft in the period: three Airbus A320s, one Airbus A321, one Boeing 737-800, one Boeing 777-300 and one Sukhoi Superjet 100. At the same time, one Airbus A320 and two Airbus A321s were phased out. As of 31 March 2018, the Group’s fleet consisted of 336 aircraft.
Aeroflot itself added five aircraft to the airline’s fleet: three Airbus A320s, one Airbus A321 and one SSJ100, with one Airbus A320 and two Airbus A321s phased out. As of 31 March 2018, the flag carrier’s fleet was made up of 232 aircraft.
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