Aeroflot increased passenger traffic 10,4% up to 21,7 mln over 9m. 2016

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MOSCOW – Aeroflot PJSC announces traffic statistics for Aeroflot Group and Aeroflot – Russian Airlines for September and the first nine months of 2016.

9m. 2016 Operating Highlights
In the first nine months of 2016, Aeroflot Group carried 32.8 million passengers, up 9.2% year-on-year. Aeroflot airline carried 21.7 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 10.4%. Group and company revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) increased by 13.1% and 11.0% year-on-year, respectively. Available seat kilometres (ASKs) rose by 8.8% year-on-year for Aeroflot Group and by 8.5% for Aeroflot airline. The passenger load factor increased by 3.1 percentage points (p.p.) year-on-year to 82.4% for the Group and by 1.8 p.p. year-on-year to 82.0% for the company.

September 2016 Operating Highlights
In September 2016, Aeroflot Group carried 4.2 million passengers, up 11.6% year-on-year. Aeroflot airline carried 2.7 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 11.8%.

Group and company RPKs increased by 19.7% and 13.2% year-on-year, respectively. ASKs rose by 13.3% year-on-year for Aeroflot Group and by 9.1% for Aeroflot airline.

On domestic routes, Group passengers carried and RPKs grew by 2.5% and 6.2% year-on-year, respectively. ASKs remained flat year-on-year. Company passengers carried and RPKs on domestic routes were up 7.9% and 3.5% year-on-year, respectively. ASKs declined by 1.4%. 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 26.8% year-on-year while Group RPKs were up 33.4% year-on-year. ASKs for the period increased 26.5% year-on-year. Passengers carried on Aeroflot airline international flights increased 15.9%, RPKs increased by 19.8% and ASKs rose 15.8%. 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 4.6 p.p. year-on-year to 85.9% for the Group and by 3.1 p.p. year-on-year to 85.4% for the Company.

Fleet Update
In 9m. 2016, the Group added seven Boeing 737-800s, six Boeing 747, seven Boeing 777-300ER, six SSJ100s, one Airbus A319, five DHC 8-Q400s, nine Airbus A320s and 10 Airbus A321s. Five Airbus A319s, six 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 32 aircraft, bringing the fleet size to 290 aircraft (excluding one An-24 which was leased out) as of 30 September 2016.

For 9M 2016, Aeroflot airline added six Boeing 737-800s, two Boeing 777-300ER, six SSJ100s, nine Airbus A320s and 10 Airbus A321s. Five Airbus A319s, one Airbus A320 and six Airbus A321s were phased out. Aeroflot airline grew its fleet by 21 aircraft, bringing the total fleet to 188 aircraft as of 30 September 2016.

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