Russia’s Utair Aviation carried 6.4 million passengers from January-October 2018, up 5.3% year-over-year (YOY). The airline’s load factor grew 4.3 points to 80% YOY.

“This year, Utair launched 14 new regional routes connecting the largest cities in the country. The airline decided not to reduce the route network in the winter season. Utair will continue to fly from Volgograd to Kazan, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Samara and Sochi; from Rostov-on-Don to Astrakhan, Voronezh, Krasnodar, Sochi and Stavropol; from Perm to Kogalym and Surgut; from Ufa to Nizhny Novgorod and Tyumen,” Utair Passenger Airline president Pavel Permyakov said.

Moscow Vnukovo-based Utair, which has a fleet of 65 aircraft, is headquartered in Surgut. Vnukovo International Airport reported a traffic growth of 19% YOY to 18.5 million passengers for the first 10 months of 2018.

Utair’s network from Vnukovo includes 50 destinations, 35 domestic and 15 international. In October, the airline carried 539,400 passengers from Vnukovo, for a 28.3% airport share.

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