- Russian low cost airline Pobeda announced the launch of another international flight to Cologne starting from February 2016. Previously, the airline has already launched international flights to Milan and Bratislava. In 2015 the airline grew rapidly and now Pobeda is already the fourth biggest airline by weekly seat capacity, surpassed by its parent company Aeroflot, S7 Airlines and UTair. Pobeda’s share of the Moscow market is currently 5.5%, based on weekly seat capacity.
Table: Moscow’s Top 12 Airlines, Weekly departing seats across SVO, DME,VKO
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 11 January 2016 via anna.aero
- The Philippine based low cost airline, Cebu Pacific will start operating flights from Manilla to Moscow and Vladivostok (Far East of Russia). The flights will be operated three times a week. Russia and the Philippines signed a new air services agreement in August 2015. Under the agreement, Philippine carriers can conduct operations between any point in the country and three destinations in Russia, while Aeroflot gains access to three destinations in the archipelago.
- Russia’s Aeroflot is combining three of its regional subsidiaries of Rossiya Airlines, Donavia and Orenair into one company under the Rossiya Airlines brand, making the fleet of the renewed carrier of 74 aircraft, which will carry up to 10 million passengers per year. After the merger, which is expected to be finalized in 2016, the subsidiary will concentrate on regional markets.
- The Russian aviation authority Russian airline passenger traffic statistics for the 11 months of 2015, show a 0.4% decline in passenger traffic reaching a total of 86.5 mln passengers. However, domestic traffic grew by 14.5% (48.7 mln) while international traffic declined by 14.5% (37.6 mln). The greatest decline was seen in the month of November, 2015 when passenger traffic declined by 12% due to the bankruptcy of Transaero airline.