Russian Airlines Carry 81 Million Passengers in First 9 Months of 2015


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Russian airlines carried 81 million passengers in the January to October 2015 period, up 0.5% year-over-year (YOY). International traffic was down 13.9% to 35.4 million, according to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia. Domestic traffic grew 15.5% YOY to 45.4 million.

Russia’s Aeroflot Airline carried 22 million passengers in the 10-month period, up 10.6%.

Transaero, which had been second largest airline in Russia through October 2015, carried 11.2 million passengers in the first 10 months, down 2.9%. The carrier, which was managed by Aeroflot since the beginning of September, lost its air operator’s certificate (AOC) on Oct. 26 due to its debt burden.

S7 Airlines took the third place in the ratings with 6.99 million, up 2.8% YOY.

UTair, which reported a $1.09 million net loss for 2014, followed with 4.8 million passengers carried, down 36.7%. Authorities of two Siberian regions agreed to give UTair a capital injection to bail out the struggling carrier.

Ural Airlines carried 4.7 million, up 6.2% YOY. The Yekaterinburg-based carrier took fifth place in the ratings, while Saint Petersburg Rossiya Airline moved to the sixth place with 4.2 million passengers carried, down 4.8% YOY.