Russian airlines group Aeroflot announced growth in passenger traffic and expansion in its fleet in the first month of 2015. In January 2015, Passenger traffic of Aeroflot Group was 2.7 million, up 17.7% year-on-year. JSC Aeroflot’s traffic was 1.8 million in January 2015, up 14.1% year-on-year, respectively. During the January 2015, Aeroflot Group expanded its fleet with one Boeing 737-800 and one Airbus A319 and JCS Aeroflot expanded its fleet with one Boeing 737-800.
In January 2015, Group revenue passenger kilometers (“RPKs”) rose by 10.5% year-on-year, while the Company posted 14.0% year-on-year RPK growth. The Group and the Company delivered increases in available seat kilometers (“ASKs”) of 10.3% and 13.8% respectively.
On domestic routes, Group traffic and RPKs increased 43.6% and 37.9% year-on-year respectively in January 2015, mainly driven by increased flight frequencies and carrying capacities on high-demand routes. JSC Aeroflot’s domestic passenger traffic was up by 21.7%, while RPKs increased 17.3% year-on-year in January 2015.
On international routes, Group traffic and RPKs decreased 3.2% and 2.6% year-on-year in January 2015. This was mainly due to a decline in traffic and RPKs in the charter flight segment, as well as lower frequency of flights on Ukrainian routes. JSC Aeroflot’s international passenger traffic was up 8.8% year-on-year, while RPKs increased 12.5% year-on-year in January 2015.
Seat load factor of the Group and the Company in January 2015 increased by 0.1 percentage points (pps) year-on-year to 72.5% and by 0.2 pps year-on-year to 73.4% respectively.