Russian airline group Aeroflot reported a 15pc rise on the year in May passengers numbers to 4.1mn. The rise was led by a 23.3pc increase in international traffic, while domestic traffic rose by 8.4pc. Growth in the international segment was driven by the stable demand in line with the strengthening rouble, increased flight frequencies and the launch of new flights to international destinations.

Russia’s business confidence in April was well above its five year average level on the back of an improving economic outlook and firming oil prices, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said earlier last month. In seasonal adjusted terms, domestic traffic has now fully recovered in line with its trend level before the collapse of Transaero in late 2015. In May, Aeroflot added three aircraft to its fleet, bringing the group’s plane numbers to 295. Europe’s nine largest airlines by passenger numbers, posted a rise in May passenger numbers and capacity. Just one carrier, Norwegian Air, reported a decline in the load factor