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.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.