Ural Airlines sees 40 percent increase in passenger traffic
The airline set a record on December 30 with the check-in of the company's 3,500,000th passenger for the year, Ural Business Consulting reports.
Ural Airlines operated 26,960 flights in 2012, up 30 percent from one year earlier. This number includes 10,926 international flights, 10,221 domestic flights and 5,813 flights around the CIS. The air carrier launched 45 new destinations last year and currently offers flights to more than 170 different locations.
Passenger turnover for the year was 9,548,267,000 passenger-kilometers, an increase of 40 percent when compared to 2011. The airline handled 11,509,565 kilos worth of freight and 1,958,993 kilos of mail, Ural Business Consulting reports.
Ural Airlines was established in 1943 as Sverdlovsk State Air Enterprises. It later became part of Aeroflot, the Soviet state airline, and was put in charge of Yekaterinburg Airport. Ural Airlines then became part of a joint stock company following the split-up of Aeroflot. In 1993, the airline business was separated from the airport and today the company is owned by Ural Wings and Ural Transport Bank, which own 65.77 percent and 14.67 percent, respectively. The company has 1,390 employees.
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