If in 2021, 111 million people used domestic flights, then in 2022 - only 95 million, said Vitaly Savelyev, head of the Ministry of Transport. One of the reasons for the drop in passenger traffic by almost 17% was the closure of airports in the south of the country.
The agency predicted that in 2022 Russian airlines will carry 100 million people. In 2023, the Ministry of Transport expects that 101 million people will use the services of carriers.
“I would like to note that the total volume of traffic can be somewhat adjusted, taking into account the extension of the closure of 11 airports in southern Russia,” Mr. Savelyev said during a meeting on the development of domestic tourism (quoted by Interfax).
In May 2022, the Federal Air Transport Agency stopped publishing a monthly statistical report on passenger traffic within the country. Since February last year, the agency has been weekly extending the restrictions on flights to airports in the southern and central regions of Russia.
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