About 20% of Russians regularly use air transportation
The proportion of air passengers in Russia has not changed much for the recent years, it's still about 20% (19% in 2014 and 22% in 2015), according to VCIOM (Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM). In the past few years 9% flew only once, 8% - 2-3 times. 2% of respondents had 4-5 flights, and 3% were flying 6 times or more.
The majority of Russians (69%) did not use the services of airlines for the past 2-3 years, mainly due to lack of need for long-haul flights or expensive tickets.
Respondents explain that do not use air transport services, primarily due to lack of opportunities or the urgent need to make the flight (30%), lack of money for a ticket (24%). Others (19%) just do not see a reason to go long distances from home. 8% admitted that suffer aerophobia. The rest prefer other types of transportation (4%) or complain about inappropriate age (2%), lack of time (1%), poor health (1%), and others.
Primarily residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg (46%), people with high material prosperity (43%) and higher education (31%) prefer to fly.
Most often, respondents were flying on the planes of Aeroflot, in total 22% of those who have used the services of air carriers.