Airlines in Russia were hard hit by the pandemic during 2020, and they will continue to struggle during 2021. COVID-19 restrictions led to the suspension of most flights during Q2 2020, but while passenger numbers on domestic flights began to recover somewhat during the second half of 2020, restrictions on international travel remained severe.
Restrictions on international travel have led to more intense competition on domestic routes. For example, Azur Air, which, prior to the pandemic, had only operated international routes, began to fly to Sochi from Moscow and other Russian cities in June 2020.
The low-cost model is set to grow in importance in Russia during the forecast period, particularly on domestic routes. In March 2021, Podeba opened a new base in Moscow Sheremetyevo, for example.
With the expansion of low-cost airlines and a difficult economic environment, price competition is set to grow more intense during the forecast period. During the early part of the forecast period in particular, few people will be prepared to fork out for expensive tickets too far in advance.
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