Aeroflot has reported a 14.8% year-on-year traffic increase in January 2017. Last month Russia’s largest airline carried 2.303 million passengers. Its international segment growth rate of 19.6% exceeded that of domestic airlines of 9.5%. The airline carried 1.270 million passengers on international routes and 1.033 million passengers inside the country.
The trend is manifested throughout the entire Aeroflot Group, which, along with the title airline includes Rossiya, low-cost Pobeda and the Far-East-based Aurora. The group’s total traffic in January increased 15.4% to 3.421 million passengers: up 25.6% to 1.559 million passengers on international, and up 8% to 1.862 million passengers on domestic routes.
The group explains its extensive development of the international segment by improvement of the macroeconomic situation, launching of new international flights and increasing frequencies on the existing routes. The group also emphasizes the evolution of charter programs operated by Rossiya and the new international destinations of Pobeda.
Aeroflot’s January results are roughly in line with the 2016 results. At the end of last year it saw its passenger traffic climb 10.3%, and the parent carrier improved its results by 11% year-on-year.
Whereas throughout last year Aeroflot’s growth rate outperformed the entire Russian industry, the airline’s January results are lagging behind the industry’s average. According to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, in January 2017 the country’s commercial aviation climbed out of crisis and demonstrated sound 23.6% growth.
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