- Passenger numbers:
- Passenger load factor:
- Aeroflot: 78.2%, +1.7 ppt;
- Transaero: 84.6%, +1.8 ppt;
- UTair: 77.0%, +3.2 ppts;
- S7: 80.9%, +2.1 ppts;
- Rossiya: 75.7%, -0.4 ppt.
Rosaviatsiya reports top pax airlines in first seven months of 2013
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