14 May 2010 09:56

UTair flies 57.5% more passengers in Jan-Apr

KHANTY-MANSIYSK. May 14 (Interfax) - OJSC UTair Airlines increased passenger transport by 57.5% year-on-year to 1.288 million persons in January-April 2010, the company said.

The company's passenger throughput in this period went up by 70% to 2.147 billion passenger kilometers.

Total cargo transported by aircraft in the four months went up by 53.1% to 3,888.1 tonnes while transport of postage increased by 160% to 1,040 tonnes. Total cargo transport by helicopter increased by 11.4% to 7,030.8 tonnes.

UTair plans to fly over 4.8 million passengers in 2010, which is an increase of 34% from 2009. Through the implementation of the company's program, over 100 planes and 200 helicopters will be put into operation. The company will have helicopter operations in Russia and 11 other countries. According to UTair's business plan, the company's airliners will spend almost 300,000 hours in the air.

UTair is one of Russia's leading airlines and a major global operator of helicopters.