Thursday, 23 April 2020

Aeroflot repatriates more than 50,000 Russians

Since the end of February, the leading Russian airline, Aeroflot, has repatriated more than 50,000 Russian citizens from various cities around the world. 

Aeroflot continues operating repatriation flights under the supervision of the Government Coordination Council and in coordination with the Ministries of Transport, Communications and Foreign Affairs, and the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency.

Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance and holds 4-Star Airline status from Skytrax and was named Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the eighth time at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards. Aeroflot has also been awarded a five-star global airline rating by US aviation association APEX.

During 2019, Aeroflot carried 37.2 million passengers (60.7 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries). The airline was the world’s most on-time mainline airline in 2019 according to Cirium’s On-Time Performance Review.

The airline was also recently allocated a massive RUB300 million, roughly US$3.9 million from reserve funds by the Russian government to continue to operate to and from Kaliningrad from its Moscow hub. According to the Russian Aviation Insider, Kaliningrad is served by S7 Airlines and Utair in addition to Aeroflot, the two privately owned airlines usually offer lower fares than Aeroflot, but with the additional funds from the government,  the state-run carrier will be able to lower fares to the same levels as its competitors.

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