Aeroflot is introducing hand-baggage-only fares on a number of medium-haul routes operated by Rossiya Airlines and Aeroflot.
The airline is starting the charges from 2 April 2019 as it says there is an increased demand for this service!
Aeroflot says the new hand-baggage-only fares are being introduced in response to demand from passengers who travel light.
All Rossiya and Aeroflot flights will continue to offer economy class fare options including free hold baggage.
The hand-baggage-only fare will be a more budget-friendly economy option. On some routes, economy fares will be reduced by up to 30%.
Like most airlines, Aeroflot is looking to raise money through ancillary revenue. It sees revenue opportunities in baggage delivery to the passenger’s home, and on-board birthday greetings as typical examples.
In all there are some 20 potential options, comprising a loyalty programme, baggage fees, assigned seats, upgrades of cabin class – and partnership revenues such as travel insurances, hotels, car rentals, express rail travel to the airport, on-board shopping, a la carte menus, taxi services and advertisements.
Andrei Chikhanchin, Deputy CEO for Commerce and Finance:
“The main purpose of introducing hand-baggage-only fares is to reduce the minimum price for air travel even further and expand the choice available. This is a global trend even among legacy airlines. Now we can offer the best option for those who want to travel light and on a budget, and for those who want to get a premium flight experience”
On Rossiya flights under the commercial management of PJSC Aeroflot, hand-baggage-only fares will be available on medium-haul flights.
On Aeroflot’s own flights, hand-baggage-only rates will be available for flights to 8 German cities: Berlin, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Munich, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Hannover and Dresden.
And 5 Italian cities: Rome, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Naples and Verona
Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and is based in Moscow, at Sheremetyevo International Airport.
Routes: Aeroflot serves over 150 destinations in more than 50 countries.
Fleet: As of November 1, 2018 Aeroflot has 251 passenger aircraft, the average age of the fleet was 4.1 years.
- 22 Airbus A330
- 79 Airbus A320
- 39 Airbus A321
- 44 Boeing 737
- 17 Boeing 777
- 50 SSJ-100
Numbers: In 2018, Aeroflot carried 35.8 million passengers (55.7 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries).
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