Russian business aviation

Russian business aviation reportedly losing grip on June traffic

The Russian business aviation segment has recorded a three-year consecutive decline in the country’s traffic for the month of June. “Figures prepared by the Russian United Business Aviation Association (RUBAA) for June – normally the busiest month for Russian business aviation – show that business jet movements went steadily down over the past three years: 5,214 in 2014, 4,731 in 2015 and 4,036 for 2016,” according to Vladimir Karzonov’s news article published at the AINonline website on 8 September 2016. Karzonov cited the RUBAA’s chairman, Alexander Kuleshov, as attributing the shrinking market to travellers’ growing preferences for sharing charters when flying to holiday destinations.

The RUBAA has revealed the declining trends courtesy of data that it has been collecting since 2014, when it prepared its first report for business jet movements in Russia. This data is largely based on the trips of business jet aircraft to the busiest destinations in the country. Karzonov reports that these destinations account for over 80% of the business jet traffic in Russia, and they include Nizhy Novgorod, Moscow, Rostov, Samara, Sochi, St Petersburg and Yekaterinburg.

“By its count, the number of business jet flights dropped from 26,000 in 2014 to 22,893 in 2015 and 20,467 in 2016 (figures for the first three quarters),” according to Karzonov. The corresponding passenger numbers for the flights similarly declined by significant margins in the three consecutive years. Karzonov reports: “The number of passengers carried on these flights was 88,052, 73,692 and 65,138, respectively.” The dipping flight and passenger numbers affected both domestic and foreign business jet operators. However, foreign operators were hit harder by the shrinking market compared to their domestic counterparts.

The RUBAA’s data collection and analysis initiative was prompted by the prevalence of gaps in the information provided by the country’s aviation authorities. The organisation is gradually achieving significant strides in the gathering, processing and sharing of accurate analytical data for the industry.