Aeroflot Group carried 3.7 million passengers in January, up 7.7% year-over-year (YOY). Aeroflot Airline carried 2.5 million passengers, a 6.6% YOY increase.

The group’s international traffic increased 6.9% to 1.67 million, while domestic traffic grew 8.4% to 2 million. Passenger load factor increased 0.7 point to 77.3%.

The group’s domestic-routes load factor grew 3.4 points YOY to 77.2%, while international load factor fell 1.1 points to 77.3%. Aeroflot Airline’s total load factor dropped one point YOY to 75%. The carrier’s domestic-routes load factor rose YOY 0.8 point to 75.7%; international dropped 74.7% YOY.

“International-routes passenger load factor decreased as capacity grew at a faster pace than actual RPKs due to increased flight frequencies, primarily on European and US routes,” the group said in a statement.

In addition, the significant increase in the passenger load factor in January 2017 driven by appreciation of the ruble created a high base factor, leading to a non-material normalization of this indicator in the January 2018 reporting period. Group RPK grew 7.5% to 9.8 billion, while Aeroflot Airline RPK increased 5.2% to 7 billion. ASKs rose 6.6% YOY for both the group and the carrier to 12.7 billion and 9.4 billion, respectively.

Aeroflot Airline added four aircraft in January (three Sukhoi Superjet 100s and one Boeing 737-800). There were no changes in the fleets of Aeroflot’s subsidiaries. As of Jan. 31, 2018, the group fleet had 329 aircraft (excluding aircraft leased or subleased out), while the Aeroflot Airline fleet had 228 aircraft.

Aeroflot Group includes Moscow Sheremetyevo-based Aeroflot Airline, St. Petersburg-based Rossiya Airlines, LCC Pobeda Airlines, and the Russian Far East-based Aurora Airlines.

Polina Montag-Girmes