Belavia’s annual traffic to exceed 4 million passengers for the first time

Belarus’ flag carrier rapid fleet expansion is behind the airline’s improved operational performance

Belavia Belavia operates a fleet of 31 Western-built aircraft (Belavia)

Belarusian flag carrier Belavia is on track for exceeding 4 million passenger target this year, a 20 per cent improvement compared to 3.39 million passengers it served in 2018. The airline is targeting further 15 per cent growth next year, Belavia’s deputy general director Igor Cherginets revealed to Russian Aviation Insider.

This year’s traffic number is poised to become a record high in Belavia’s 23-year history – it welcomed its 4 millionth passenger on board on December 24. This achievement is certainly rooted in the airline’s ability to capitalize on the continuing mutual ban on air travel between Russia and Ukraine, and now also Russia and Georgia, which made Belarusian capital Minsk a connection point between the neighboring countries and beyond.

Belavia not only added new destinations to its network, but also expanded its fleet by adding six aircraft this year – three Embraer E195s, an E175 and two Boeing 737-800s, bringing its total number of aircraft to 31.

In 2019 Belavia launched new service to Tallinn, Moscow Sheremetyevo and Munich and increased frequencies on its existing routes, which led to a boost of transfer traveler numbers through Minsk.

In mid-November the airline introduced new fare structure, including ‘no-frills’ no luggage fares and additional paid service options such as choice of seat.

In 2020 the airline is looking to add up to nine Boeing aircraft two B737-800s, seven B737 MAX-8s as well as an Embraer 175 — to its fleet.

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