Named discouraging numbers of aircraft losses in tour operator airlines

 Disappointing numbers of aircraft losses in tour operator airlines named

Tour operator carriers during the “air sanctions” lost about 40% of their fleet, or about 45 aircraft. Mostly they were detained abroad in connection with the sanctions. Such discouraging figures were presented by RBC, referring to the data of the main tour operator airlines – Azur Air, Nordwind, iFly and Royal Flight. But, in spite of everything, according to the results of 2022, tour operator airlines hope for profit.

As RBC experts say, in general, the passenger traffic of “tour operator” companies has sharply decreased due to the loss of almost 40% of the fleet and air sanctions that have closed most of the destinations. For example, Azur Air (affiliated with Anex), according to the publication, plans to transport about 2.2 million people in 2022, the air carrier's CEO Yevgeny Korolev told RBC. This is 40% less than in 2021, when the airline carried 3.7 million passengers. The other largest tour operator, Pegas, which has two airlines “subordinate” at once – Nordwind and Pegas Fly – will drop by 50% this year, these two airlines will transport about 3.8 million people. Another carrier, iFly (affiliated with Tez-Tour), sent 175,000 tourists in eight months of 2022, which, by the way, is 22% more than in the same period last year. Moreover, as the CEO and co-owner of iFly Kirill Romanovsky said, the air carrier does not intend to slow down the pace – we recall that the airline is actively working in the Egyptian direction.

As the head of Pegas Anna Podgornaya told RBC, “due to unprecedented sanctions” against the Russian aviation industry, Pegas alone had over 20 liners left abroad, although about 30 aircraft were taken out. Azur Air had 11 aircraft delayed at foreign airports, iFly was unable to return two more Royal Flight aircraft outside Russia after maintenance abroad. That is, in total, five carriers lost at least 44 liners, or 39% of the total fleet.

As for the remaining flight capacity, the “tour operator” airlines have a total of about 70 aircraft, mostly of foreign production. As stated in their management, tour operators will be able to serve the existing capacity without problems for 5-6 years; at the same time, to replenish the fleet, they are ready to consider domestic developments – Il-96 or MS-21 – if specific proposals with technical documentation appear.

The publication's experts also noted that in general last year, the total passenger traffic of these companies amounted to 13.1 million people, mostly tourists abroad. At the same time, in general, Russian airlines transported 23.5 million people on international flights. Experts also stressed that despite the sanctions, some of the traditional markets for tour operators remain open – these are Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. At the same time, tour operators mainly “concentrated” on Turkey.

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