FATA reports on Russian airlines’ February operational results
In February 2016, traffic on Russian airlines’ grew 0.9% YOY to 5.158 million passengers, according to a report issued by the Federal Air Transport Agency, a change to earlier preliminary data, which declared a lesser result of 0.2% growth, to 5.121 million passengers.
The trend of growing domestic traffic against shrinking international traffic is continuing. In February, Russian airlines carried 3.413 million passengers inside Russia (+15.3% YOY), and 1.744 million on international routes (-18.9%). Traffic on routes inside the CIS declined fastest— -21.7% to 408,500 passengers—whereas 1.336 million people traveled outside the CIS, a decrease of 18% as compared to last year’s February result. This presents a new trend. Cargo traffic grew more than expected: +2.5% to 75,213 tons.
However, cumulative data for two months demonstrate a different trend: the passenger traffic declined 2.9%. Cargo traffic during the same period grew 6.9% to 153,310 tonnes.
The strongest growth was demonstrated by Russia’s top-five airlines, whereas other carriers’ operational results deteriorated. Aeroflot served 3.998 million passengers (+13%), S7 served 1.258 million (+24.5%), UTair’s traffic grew 10% to 761,000 passengers, showing growth for the first time in several months. Ural Airlines carried 659,400 passengers, up 15.2% YOY. Pobeda, Aeroflot’s low-cost subsidiary served 626,200 passengers, 3.3 times more than in the same period last year.
Thus, the share of the top-five airlines reached 68.4% of Russia’s total passenger traffic, up from 54.6% of last year. Aeroflot Group (made up of the title carrier and its subsidiaries Pobeda, OrenAir, Rossiya, Donavia and Aurora) is accountable for 54.5% of the market.
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