The passenger traffic of Russian airlines in February this year decreased by 37% compared to the same period in 2020. This was announced on Monday, March 15, by the press service of the Federal Air Transport Agency.
“According to operational data, in February 2021 Russian carriers served 5.1 million passengers, which is 37% less than in the same period last year. Passenger turnover decreased by 51% and amounted to 10.22 billion passenger kilometers, ”the message says.
At the same time, the department pointed out that in February the Pobeda airline noted an increase in the volume of air transportation – it served 845 thousand passengers, which is 3% more than in this month of 2020.
In turn, 1.06 million passengers used the services of the Siberia air carrier in February, which is 15% less than in the same period last year. Aeroflot last month carried 993 thousand passengers (-60%), Ural Airlines – 403 thousand passengers (-33%), and Rossiya Airlines – 400 thousand passengers (-21%).
On March 12, the head of the Federal Air Transport Agency Alexander Neradko said that, despite a slight deterioration in the financial and economic situation of carriers, Russian airlines do not have signs of bankruptcy.
A day earlier, the Deputy CEO of Aeroflot said that the domestic air transportation market in Russia could recover in the second half of 2022 – early 2023.
On March 1, it became known that the passenger traffic of Russian airports in January 2021 increased by 7.4% compared to December 2020. It was noted that in January 2021, Russian airports served about 10.6 million people, and in January 2020 – 15.5 million people.
Regular and charter flights were suspended by Russia in March due to the coronavirus situation. Later, restrictions on air traffic with a number of states were gradually removed.