LONDON – Aeroflot has announced a significant growth in passenger numbers for December 2018 and the 12 months of 2018.

For the 12 months of the year, the Group carried 55.7 million passengers, which is up 11.1% compared to 2017.

The individual airline itself carried 35.8 million passengers, which a year-on-year increase of 8.9%.

Passenger load factor for the Group decreased by 0.1% to 82.7% and the airline itself dropped 1.3% to 80.5%.

For December 2018, the Group carried 4.3 million passengers, which was 15.4% better than December 2017.

2.9 million of that was from the Aeroflot airline itself, which was also in the double-digit increase of 13.5%.

Load factor for the group in that month was 77.1%, which is down 1.5%, with the individual airline scoring 2.2% less to 74.9%.

The Group itself transported 303,881.1 tonnes for the year, up 11.2%, with the individual airline recording 223,830.7 tonnes, which is down by 1.2%.

Fleet renewal for the month saw the carrier one Airbus A320 and one Boeing 737-800 added to the fleet with one A319 and one A321 being phased out.

As of December 31, 2018, the Group has 366 aircraft, 253 of that coming from the individual airline itself.

In all, numbers seem very strong for the group, especially with the double-digit growth in most of the areas discussed.

Improvements will have to be on bringing the load factors back into positive growth, which could result in fares being lowered to make travelling more attractive.

With new routes announced across 2018, it will certainly be something to look out for to see whether the load factors will boost with these new routes or not.