International charter flights from Moscow in the first quarter 2014 decreased by 50%
In January-March 2015, passenger traffic on international charter flights from Moscow's airports decreased by half compared with the same period last year, from 1.2 million passengers to 652.4 thousand, the statement on the website of the Russian Aviation Ministry says .
As press secretary of the Russian Union of Travel Industry Irina Tyurina reported, most airlines cooperating with leading tour operators note significant reduction of passenger traffic. For example, one of the giants of charter flights, Nordwind Airlines, lost 60% of passenger traffic. "Icarus", operating under the brand Pegas Fly, lost 43% of the passengers, I Fly - 60%, "Kogalymavia" (Metrojet) - 41%, "Taimyr" (Nordstar Airlines) - 32%.
"Carriers in such circumstances try to optimize costs. For example, reducing its fleet. Nordwind last year brought out of the operation of 10 boards," Icarus "- 5, I Fly" - 2," Irina Tyurina explained.
She also noted that the prospects for charter flights in Russia depends on the level of income and the rate of the ruble against foreign currencies. If the ruble will continue to grow, the volume of non-scheduled traffic could grow.
In 2014, the number of Russians traveling abroad decreased by 15% to $ 45.88 million.