Airline passenger traffic fell by almost 17% due to the closure of airports in southern Russia. The Ministry of Transport had a figure of 100 million people per year, but the companies transported only 95 million.
Data on passenger traffic on domestic flights was provided by the head of the Ministry of Transport Vitaly Savelyev.
In 2022, airlines transported 95 million people against a forecast of 100 million people. In 2021, passenger traffic amounted to 111 million people, that is, the drop for the year reached almost 17%. According to Savelyev, the reason for the decrease in passenger traffic was the closure of airports in the southern part of Russia.
According to the Ministry of Transport forecasts, Russian airlines will transport 101 million people in 2023.
After the start of the special operation in Ukraine, the Federal Air Transport Agency imposed a flight ban in several cities of the country. Airports are currently closed in Krasnodar, Anapa, Gelendzhik, Simferopol, Elista, Rostov-on-Don, Voronezh, Bryansk, Kursk, Lipetsk, Belgorod.