The Russian airline for the first time in the current year showed a positive result in terms of traffic, which in October grew by 4% compared to October last year. Experts believe that improving outcomes is a statistical effect caused by a low base of October last year when he stopped the flights of “Transaero”.
Rosaviatsia has published the operational data of the major Russian airlines (of 35 carriers operate 99% of the market). According to statistics, the volumes of air passengers in October 2016 exceeded the same indicator of last year by 4% to almost 7.8 million passengers. Passenger traffic this year grew by 2.4%, to 18.5 billion passenger-kilometers. The percent of employment of armchairs has also been positive, increasing by 0.8 percentage points, to 78.8%. By the end of October the top five airlines — Aeroflot, S7 Airlines, Rossiya, UTair and Ural airlines — passenger traffic increased by 35.3%. This increase is due to the fact that major airlines have taken away the passenger traffic left the market “Transaero”.
The rate of decline in shipments slowed for the first time in September. Then the Russian airlines have transported 9.1 million passengers, which is 3.9% less than in September last year, reported the Federal air transport Agency. To Sep transportation declined double digits, and for January-September, passenger traffic decreased by 7.9% to 67.6 million passengers. “Now there is “correction statistics”, because the effect of the “Transaero” has come to an end,” said independent aviation expert Andrew Kramarenko. Transaero airlines stopped selling tickets in early October of last year, and before that, actively dumped, which led to higher passenger traffic and the high base effect. A Kommersant source close to “to Aeroflot” agreed that October was the effect of the low base and the departure of “Transaero”. The interlocutor of “Kommersant” added that Aeroflot increases passenger traffic due to the development of internal lines and transit flows between Europe and Asia. The percentage of seats increases due to the reduction of available capacity on the market. In a press-service of S7 said that this year the company increased Park — Navy added two Airbus A321 aircraft and six Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which allowed to start flights on new as well as to increase the frequency of flights on existing popular destinations. The company expects that “growth will continue in the coming months.”
Andrey Kramarenko notes that the real situation in the industry will become clear when the data will be published by the international and internal transportations. According to experts, till the end of the year could recover the statistical growth of passenger traffic on international routes in the background of the opening of the Turkish market and the shrinking number of players. But on domestic routes, the situation may be different — in this segment, the growth started to slow down at the beginning of the year, and without “Transaero” indicator can generally “fall sharply”, writes “Kommersant”.