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RF airlines hope for further growth in passenger carriages

April 16, 2012, 15:39 UTC+3

World civil aviation show lower growth rates

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MOSCOW, April 16 (Itar-Tass) — Data on growth in air passenger transport in the first quarter prove that it will continue to increase in the coming months, president of the Russian Transport Clearing Chamber (TCC) Sergei Ilyichev told Itar-Tass on Monday.

“The increase if air ticket sale has reached 18 percent this March. Due to the fact that air ticket sales are envisioned for April and May, we believe that the rates of air passenger carriages will be rather high,” Ilyichev said.

In his words, “according to our data, these rates will be also high in the first quarter [18.9 percent].” At the same time, he said, “The rates may be higher when we sum up final results.”

“World civil aviation show lower growth rates. They amount to approximately 5 percent or 6 percent although these rates are considered well enough,” Ilyichev said.

Data on separate airlines is more optimistic, he said. In particular, carriage rates of Ural Airlines reached 68 percent in the first quarter. The performances of key five airline companies – Aeroflot, Transaero, UTair, Siberia and Rossiay Airlines – are rather considerable, the Russian official said.


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