MOSCOW, June 30, 2016 Aeroflot PJSC (Moscow Exchange ticker: AFLT) today announces traffic statistics for Aeroflot Group ("the Group") and Aeroflot - Russian Airlines ("the Company") for May and the first five months of 2016.
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5M 2016 Operating Highlights
In the first five months of 2016, Aeroflot Group carried 15.8 million passengers, up 11.5% year-on-year. Aeroflot airline carried 10.9 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 13.6%. Group and Company revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) increased by 13.2% year-on-year, respectively. Available seat kilometres (ASKs) rose by 8.7% year-on-year for Aeroflot Group and by 10.2% for Aeroflot airline. The passenger load factor increased by 3.0 percentage points (p.p.) year-on-year to 77.4% for the Group and by 2.0 p.p. year-on-year to 77.7% for the Company.
May 2016 Operating Highlights
In May 2016, Aeroflot Group carried 3.5 million passengers, up 8.8% year-on-year. Aeroflot airline carried 2.4 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 12.4%.
Group and Company RPKs increased by 12.0% and 12.5% year-on-year, respectively. ASKs rose by 8.3% year-on-year for Aeroflot Group and by 10.1% for Aeroflot airline.
On domestic routes, Group passengers carried and RPKs grew by 8.5% and 8.9% year-on-year, respectively. Company passengers carried and RPKs on domestic routes were up 20.3% and 16.9% year-on-year, respectively. This was mainly attributable to increased demand for domestic flights and the continued growth of in-country tourism, alongside a corresponding 9.5% year-on-year increase in ASKs for the Company, due in part to increased flight frequencies on high-demand routes. Across the Group ASKs increased by 1.6%.
On international routes, Group passengers carried rose 9.2% year-on-year while Group RPKs were up 14.7% year-on-year. ASKs for the period increased 14.1% year-on-year. Passengers carried on Aeroflot airline international flights increased 5.0%, RPKs increased by 10.0% and ASKs rose 10.4%. International traffic increased despite the suspension of flights to destinations in Ukraine and Egypt and the suspension of charter service to Turkey. International traffic growth was supported by a decline in competition as several foreign carriers reduced flight frequencies to Russia, Aeroflot airline's higher 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 2.5 p.p. year-on-year to 78.2% for the Group and by 1.8 p.p. year-on-year to 78.4% for the company.