Russian airlines carried 78,400 passengers in the first quarter through the commuter subsidy program, more than doubled from 29,800 passengers in the year-ago period. According to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, the number of operated flights grew 88.6% to 1,698 in 2016 from 900 in 1Q 2015. Russian carriers have used RUB388.97 million ($5.8 million) of the subsidy program, up 34% year-over-year (YOY). Nineteen airlines took part in the program in the 1Q, including ...

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