Russian commercial aviation market shrank slower in June

Compared to May results, traffic in June demonstrated softer decline Compared to May results, traffic in June demonstrated softer decline (Photo by Fyodor Borisov /

Russian airlines’ cumulative traffic in June decreased 11.3% compared to the same period last year, to 8.714 million passengers, according to the Federal Air Transport Agency. Although the market continued shrinking at a double-digit rate, the trend has somewhat slowed compared to the 14.3% decrease in May.

The domestic traffic in June amounted to 5.623 million passengers, up 4.6% YOY, a positive development compared to May’s minimal growth of 1.6%. International traffic plummeted 30.5%, to 3.091 million passengers (down 32.9% in May).

Since the beginning of the year, Russian airlines served 38.066 million passengers, 7.6% fewer than for the same period last year. From January to June domestic traffic reached 24.674 million passengers (up 7.7% YOY), international traffic decreased 26.8%, to 13.392 million passengers.

Against the background of the shrinking market, Russia’s largest airlines’ shares continue to grow. In the first half-year, all top carriers demonstrated traffic growth: Pobeda (+80.7%), Globus (S7 Airlines Group; +35.7%), Rossiya (+26%), S7 Airlines (+19.4%), Ural Airlines (+17.7%), UTair (+14%) and Aeroflot (+12.2%).

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