Russian airlines’ traffic hits record low in November

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Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency reports a record YOY decrease in Russian carriers’ traffic: in November, the country’s airlines together carried 5.5 million passengers, or 11.8% down on the November 2014 figure.

Prior to this, operators considered February 2015 as their worst month. The traffic fell 4.1% YOY that month, and continued declining after that.

Overall tnternational traffic declined 28.4% to 2.2 million passengers in November, with equally discouraging figures for the CIS destinations (-27%) and the long-haul international routes (-28.7%).

Domestic traffic retained positive dynamics, growing 3.1% to 3.5 million passengers. Since the beginning of the year, Russian airlines served 86.5 million passengers, which is 0.4% down on the previous year.

Among the five leading airlines (including Transaero, which ceased operations at the end of October), the following carriers showed positive traffic dynamics: Aeroflot (24.1 million passengers, +10.7% YOY), S7 Airlines (7.6 million, +2.6%), and Ural Airlines (5.1 million, +6.3%).

UTair Aviation’s traffic declined 35.6% to 5.2 million passengers.

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