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Rosaviatsia Hides Air Traffic Statistics

Rosaviatsia has temporarily suspended the publication of data on passenger traffic of Russian airlines and airports.

“The publication of statistics has been temporarily suspended,” said a representative of Rosaviatsia.

The last time Rosaviatsia published data on passenger traffic was in March, publishing data for February. After that, the agency did not provide new data.

Aeroflot, which has traditionally accounted for about 40 percent of Russia’s air transportation market (including foreign passenger traffic in Russia), said it transported 2.2 million people in March, 20 percent less than a year earlier.

As reported, after the invasion of Russian troops in Ukraine as a result of sanctions imposed by Western countries, most countries have stopped air communication with Russia.

In addition, Russia refused to return to the owners of aircraft that Russian airlines used on lease. The Russian authorities have also passed special legislation, fearing that Russian airlines will not be able to fly without world-class aircraft. At the same time, 78 planes of Russian carriers were arrested abroad.

For the 13th time, Rosaviatsiya is extending the ban on flights to 11 airports in the central part and the south of the Russian Federation, this time until May 19.

Flights to the airports of Anapa, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh, Gelendzhik, Krasnodar, Kursk, Lipetsk, Rostov-on-Don, Simferopol and Elista are temporarily limited.

Iuliia Tore