Russian bizav traffic stabilizes

Тhe Russian business aviation market, with its systemic dependence on the state of the country’s economy, saw a slight decline in the first half of 2015. International experts have been reporting lower frequencies of flights between Moscow and European destinations, which are particularly popular with Russian bizav passengers. German business aviation intelligence specialist WINGX Advance reports a 23% drop in traffic for the first six months. The Swedish air charter selling platform Avinode remarks that the decline began last December, following the depreciation of the ruble, when the number of bizav charter bookings dropped by 6%. The situation worsened in January, with the drop in traffic reaching 18% even despite the season’s holidays, which are traditionally accompanied by a spike in business aviation flights. February, usually a slow month, only added to the market’s nosedive, resulting in a 30% drop in the number of business charter bookings year-on-year. Avinode says the market somewhat stabilized by summer: traffic grew by 4% in June and by 5% in July.