According to operative data of the Federal Air Transport Agency, the Russian airlines carried 7,536,074 passengers in January 2018,, which is 13.5% more than in the same period of 2017. In addition, during the first month of 2018, the Russian airlines carried 82,944.46 tons of mail and cargo, which is 6.9% higher than last January.
In general, the passenger turnover of Russian airlines in January 2018 was 19.469 million passenger-kilometers, which is 14.8% higher than the data for January 2017.
Cargo and mail handling grew by 6.9% to 82,944 tonnes, the cargo turnover by 4.5% to 582.152 million tonne-kilometers, the revenue load factor by 2.5 p.p. to 67.5%.
However, the currency month of the Russian aviation will be marked by the terrible accident with the crash of Saratov Airlines’ An-148 with 71 people on board. Following the accident, Russian airline grounds several jets for safety inspections, which definitely will affect the monthly results.
Russia is an important aviation neighbor of the EU. With more than 40% of all scheduled Russian passenger traffic directed towards EU destinations, the EU is Russia’s largest international aviation market.