Aeroflot suffered a 95% slump in passenger carryings in April as coronavirus flight restrictions took their toll on the Russian flag carrier.

Less than 148,000 passengers flew with the airline against 3 million in the same month in 2019 as capacity was slashed by 90% year-on-year.

The airline’s load factor fell by 47.2 percentage points to 32.8%. 

Only 4,500 flights were operated against more than 35,000 in April last year.

Aeroflot Group plans to gradually restore operating volumes from June, initially focusing on the “progressive resumption” of flights to domestic destinations.

In addition to the suspension of international flights, quarantine restrictions in Russia and passengers’ propensity to travel amid pandemic affected the decline in domestic traffic indicators,” the group said.

“Aeroflot Group has optimised the planned flight programme, reducing capacity in April by 90%.

“Operated flights provided for the minimum connectivity between Moscow and the regions.

“Due to the restrictions, which affected demand, flights were operated with a reduced load.”