Aeroflot PJSC announced traffic statistics for Aeroflot Group (“the group”) and Aeroflot – Russian Airlines (“the company”) for August and the first eight months of 2016.
In the first eight months of 2016, Aeroflot Group carried 28.7 million passengers, up by 8.9% YoY. Aeroflot airline carried 19 million passengers, up by 10.2% YoY. Group and company revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) increased by 12.2% and 10.6% YoY respectively. Available seat kilometres (ASKs) rose by 8.2% for Aeroflot Group and by 8.4% for Aeroflot airline. The passenger load factor increased by 2.9% YoY to 81.9% for the group and by 1.7% to 81.6% for the company.
In August Aeroflot Group carried 4.5 million passengers, up by 6.4% YoY. Aeroflot airline carried 2.8 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 6.1%.
Group and company RPKs increased by 12.2% and 6.7% YoY respectively. ASKs rose by 9.3% YoY for Aeroflot Group and by 5.9% for Aeroflot airline.
On domestic routes, Group passengers carried and RPKs grew by 1.2% and 4.8% YoY respectively. ASKs decreased by 0.1%. Company passengers carried on domestic routes were up by 3.2%, while RPKs declined by 0.9% and ASKs declined by 4.3%. The decrease in company’s ASKs was due to postponement of aircraft deliveries required for summer schedule operations and respective adjustments in the flight program.
On international routes, Group passengers carried rose by 14.4% YoY while Group RPKs were up by 19.3%. ASKs for the period increased by 18.2% YoY. Number of passengers carried on Aeroflot airline international flights increased by 8.8%, RPKs increased by 11.7% and ASKs rose by 12.5%. International traffic growth was supported by a decline in competition as several foreign carriers reduced flight frequencies to Russia, Aeroflot airline’s international transit traffic through its Sheremetyevo hub and Transaero’s exit from the market, which triggered a reallocation of domestic and international routes amongst market players.
As a result of these factors, the passenger load factor increased by 2.3% YoY to 89.7% for the Group and by 0.6% to 88.5% for the company.
In January-August the Group added five Boeing 737-800s, five Boeing 747, five Boeing 777-300ER, six SSJ100s, one Airbus A319, five DHC 8-Q400s, six Airbus A320s and seven Airbus A321s to its fleet. Five Airbus A319s, five Airbus A321s, three Airbus A320s, three Boeing 737-500, one Boeing 737-800 and one Boeing 767 were phased out of the Aeroflot Group fleet. The Group fleet increased by 22 aircraft, bringing the fleet size to 280 aircraft (excluding one An-24 which was leased out) as of August 31.
Aeroflot airline added five Boeing 737-800s, two Boeing 777-300ER, six SSJ100s, six Airbus A320s and seven Airbus A321s to its fleet. Five Airbus A319s, one Airbus A320 and five Airbus A321s were phased out. Aeroflot airline increased its fleet by 15 aircraft, bringing the total fleet to 182 aircraft as of August 31. (Russian Aviation/Business World Magazine)