Aeroflot’s traffic grows 10.6% so far this year

Both domestic and international traffic have manifested Aeroflot’s upward trends this year Both domestic and international traffic have manifested Aeroflot’s upward trends this year (Photo by Aeroflot)

Traffic numbers for Russia’ largest airline, Aeroflot, have grown 10.6% since the beginning of the year. From January to November 2016 it carried 26.7 million passengers, of which 13.630 million traveled on international routes (up 9.7% yea-on-year) and the remaining 12.987 million used the airline’s domestic service (up 11.5%). At the end of the period the load factor grew 1.7 percentage points to 81.6%.

In November alone Aeroflot carried 2.3 million passengers as the traffic grew 12.25% compared to the same month of 2015. The growth rate has increased compared to the previous months – 11.2% in October, 11.8% in September and 6.1% in August. According to the airline’s statement its domestic traffic grew 7.7% in November to 1.1 million passengers. International traffic showed 16.6% growth over November 2015 figure and exceeded 1.2 million passengers.

Traffic for the entire Aeroflot Group, which, beside the parent carrier includes Pobeda, Rossiya and Aurora Airlines, has grown 9.8% so far this year. From January to November the group cumulatively carried 40 million passengers. International traffic grew 12.9% year-on-year to 16.758 million passengers, whereas domestic traffic growth rate was slower, 7.6% to 23.227 million passengers. The group’s load factor grew 3 percentage points to 81.8%.

In November Aeroflot’s subsidiaries carried 3.3 million passengers (up 13.2%). The number of passengers on domestic lines increased 8.5% to 1.863 million, and international traffic grew 19.7% to 1.485 million passengers. Capacity grew 15.6%.

Aeroflot explained that the positive dynamics in the international segment is due to stable macroeconomic situation in Russia, increased frequencies and new routes, for which the group received commercial rights recently. Development of Rossiya’s charter program an expansion of Pobeda’s international network also contributed to traffic growth.

In 11 months of 2016 the group took delivery of eight Boeing 737-800s, seven Boeing 747s, seven Boeing 777-300ERs, six SSJ 100s, an Airbus A319, five DHC 8-Q400s, nine Airbus A320s and 12 Airbus A321s. At the same time it phased out five Airbus А319s, six Airbus А321s, three Airbus А320s, three Boeing 737-500s, a Boeing 737-800, a Boeing 767, a Boeing 777-200 and two An-148s. The group’s fleet thus increased by 33 aircraft.

As of November 30 Aeroflot Group operates the fleet of 291 aircraft (excluding an Antonov An-24, which it leases out). Out of this number 190 aircraft fly for the parent airline. Its fleet was expanded with six Boeing 737-800s, two  Boeing 777-300ERs, six SSJ100s, twelve Airbus А321s and nine Airbus А320s. It phased out five Airbus А319s, an Airbus А320 and six Airbus А321s. The net increase boiled down to 23 airframes.

According to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, the country’s entire commercial aviation industry carried 6.559 million passengers in November, up 16% from last year. The surge may be linked to last year’s plunge caused by Transaero’s exit from the market. International traffic grew 12.1%, and domestic, 18.4%. Since the beginning of the year cumulative traffic of Russian carriers slid 5.4%.

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