Russian airlines carried 99.2 million passengers in the January-October period, up 10.4% year-over-year (YOY).

International traffic grew 10.9% to 40.8 million, while domestic traffic increased 10% to 58.4 million. The airlines’ total load factor for the period was up 0.8 points to 84.6%. For international flights the load factor was down 0.3 points to 85.6%, and the domestic load factor was up 2.2 points to 83.4%.

Cargo and post traffic increased 1.1% to 964,125 tonnes.

Individual airlines reported the following YOY passenger traffic figures for the period:

●          Aeroflot Airline carried 29.9 million, up 8%;

●          St. Petersburg-based Aeroflot subsidiary Rossiya Airlines carried 9.87 million, down 0.4%;

●          Sibir Airlines carried 9.98 million, up 18.1%. Globus, which also operates under the S7 Airlines brand, carried 3.6 million, down 1.7%;

●          Ural Airlines carried 7.8 million, up 13.8%; and

●          Utair Aviation carried 6.4 million, up 5.3%.

The total market share of Russia’s five biggest airlines declined to 64.5% from 65.7% in the year-ago period.

 Polina Montag-Girmes,