Aeroflot PJSC (Moscow Exchange ticker: AFLT) said the operating results of Aeroflot Group and Aeroflot – Russian Airlines for October and ten months of 2015 were significantly influenced by the Group´s participation in a major program to carry passengers of Transaero airline.
During the month of October, until all Transaero flights ceased on October 26, Transaero passengers flew aboard Transaero flights operated by Aeroflot Group as well as aboard Aeroflot Group´s own scheduled flights. A special operational centre was established to handle the situation, and it reassigned Transaero passengers with the goal of minimising financial expenses associated with carrying passengers.
Passenger traffic for Aeroflot Group in 10M 2015 was 33.5 million, up 13.7 percent year-on-year. Aeroflot airline´s passenger traffic was 22.0 million during the same period, up 10.6 percent year-on-year.
Group revenue passenger kilometres (Â«RPKsÂ») rose by 8.1 percent year-on-year for 10M 2015, while the company posted 10.3 percent year-on-year RPK growth. Group available seat kilometres (Â«ASKsÂ») increased by 7.8 percent year-on-year for 10M 2015, while the company´s ASKs increased by 9.1 percent year-on-year. Group passenger load factor increased 0.2 percentage point (p.p.) year-on-year to 79.2 percent, while the company´s passenger load factor increased by 1.0 p.p. year-on-year to 80.3 percent.
In October 2015, Aeroflot Group passenger traffic was 3.4 million, up 17.9 percent year-on-year. Aeroflot airline´s passenger traffic was 2.3 million, a year-on-year increase of 13.1 percent.
Group and company RPKs increased by 11.3 percent and 11.9 percent year-on-year, respectively, in October 2015. ASKs for the same period rose by 9.3 percent year-on-year for Aeroflot Group and by 8.8 percent for Aeroflot airline.
On domestic routes, Group traffic and RPKs grew by 37.1 percent and 31.1 percent year-on-year, respectively, in October 2015. This was mainly attributable to increased demand for domestic flights, growth of in-country tourism, a rise in low-cost travel, combined with a 29.0 percent year-on-year increase in ASKs, including increased flight frequencies on high-demand routes. company traffic and RPKs on domestic routes in October 2015 were up 17.9 percent and 17.2 percent year-on-year, respectively, driven by increased demand for domestic flights and a corresponding increase in ASKs of 13.4 percent.
On international routes, Group traffic and RPKs were down by 3.1 percent and 1.8 percent year-on-year, respectively, in October 2015. This decline was attributable to a 3.4 percent year-on-year decrease in ASKs on international routes, as the Group continued to optimise capacities in its subsidiaries (mainly in the charter flights segment) and reallocate capacity to domestic routes. Aeroflot airline´s traffic and RPKs on international routes increased by 8.8 percent and 8.8 percent year-on-year, respectively, in October 2015.
In October 2015, the passenger load factor increased by 1.4 p.p. year-on-year to 78.8 percent for the Group and by 2.2 p.p. year-on-year to 80.6 percent for the company.