Moscow. December 9. Lufthansa Group expects its flights to the decline of passenger traffic of the Russian Federation on international routes by 15%, has informed journalists the Director of sales of the group in the Russian Federation the snare Walken in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
“If we talk about the Lufthansa Group, passenger traffic (on foreign routes to/from Russia) fell by 15% in January – October of 2015 (compared to the same period of 2014),” said Walken.
“By the end of the year will be approximately the same fall,” she added.
In turn, the regional Director of the Lufthansa Group in Russia and CIS Axel Hilgers reported that the chair of the Lufthansa Group capacity of the group in Russia in January 2015 decreased by 30% compared with the same period in 2014 due to the reduction in the number of flights.
Hilgers also stressed that speech on the termination of flights of the Lufthansa Group in Russia. “This (care of the Lufthansa Group from Russia) will never be, a reduction in the number of flights – forced,” said Hilgers.
According to him, the group was ready “at any moment” to resume the short flights to Russia if the economic situation improves and demand grows. However, he did not call possible terms of renewal of flights downsized, noting that it was hypothetically possible in the summer season of 2016. However, he acknowledged that “nobody in the aviation industry is unable to say whether immediate improvement in the situation on the aviation market of the Russian Federation or adverse the situation turned into a protracted phase”.
According to data cited by Hilgers, in the winter schedule Lufthansa Group there are 110 flights a week from six Russian cities to international destinations.
In particular, Lufthansa performs 63 flights per week to Frankfurt and Munich from Moscow and St. Petersburg.
For his part, the head of development in Russia Brussels Airlines (part of Lufthansa Group) Catherine Manalo reported that Brussels Airlines passenger traffic in 2015 in the Russian Federation increased by 30% by performing in the spring-summer season flights on the route Saint Petersburg – Brussels.
“In summer, the passenger capacity on the route was 95%, overall for the season – 80%. We are very pleased with the results of running the flight,” said Meniailo. According to her, based on the results of the 2015 season Brussels Airlines decided to make the route St. Petersburg – Brussels and in the spring-summer season 2016.
The Lufthansa group, in addition to the eponymous brand, owned by Austrian Airlines, Swiss Airlines, Germanwings and share in Brussels Airlines and JetBlue of the American. The total passenger traffic in 2014 amounted to 106 million people.