Strong Aeroflot traffic growth continues in 2013

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Aeroflot group passenger traffic increased 14% in 2013 and nearly a fifth at its mainline carrier business.

Passenger numbers for Aeroflot's mainline operation grew more than 3 million to 20.9 million last year. Passenger traffic growth of 19% outpaced the 18% additional capacity added over the year, helping load factors rise more than a point to 78.8%.

The extra capacity comes after the airline introduced eight Airbus A320s, five A321s, three Boeing 737-800s and four Boeing 777-300s across the year.

At a group level passenger traffic increased 14%, in line with extra capacity, as it carried 31.4 million passengers during 2013.

Over the year the group has redirected some of charter unit Orenburg Airlines capacity to European destinations away from some areas in the Middle East and Asia facing political instability. It also established Russian far eastern operation Aurora Airlines by integrating its Sakhalin Airways and Vladivostok Avia units and discontinued the last of its dedicated freighters by switching to belly cargo operations.