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Why pay passengers? Current airfare.

# Why pay passengers? Current airfare.

The current economic situation in Russia is very painful strikes on transportation of passengers in civil aviation, and occasionally come to the most negative news that passenger traffic on airlines (domestic and international) is reduced, and the cost of tickets is increasing.

Editorial Portal Avia.pro, with the assistance of experts tried to figure out how much is really worth passenger traffic on domestic routes and outside the country, and whether the deplorable situation resolved when the correct approach to the organization of civil passenger transportation.

What is included in the cost to the airline tickets? It is not necessary to have a mathematical turn of mind to realize that in fact, the price of the ticket is set based on the number of aircraft overcome kilometers, fuel consumption and average load flight. For example, you can take a passenger airliner Boeing 737-800, Quite common among domestic air carriers to overcome distances of up to 5765 kilometers (flight performance of Boeing 737-800 - ed.). The maximum passenger capacity of such aircraft is 189 people, however, allowing an average aircraft load of 80%, it is possible to simplify the solution of the problem by assuming that 150 passengers will be accommodated on board the aircraft. Taking into account such flight characteristics of Boeing 737-800, as the maximum flight distance, the maximum fuel reserve (20894 kg - note ed.), As well as the average cost of fuel (according to 28.08.2015 the cost of one ton of aviation fuel at the airport "Domodedovo" "Including VAT and fueling is 47776 rubles - note ed.), It is worth assuming that to overcome the distance in 5765 kilometers, the aircraft refueling will cost the airline in 998 thousand 232 rubles.

In fact, it may seem that the amount for the air carrier is quite large, however, making further calculation, and dividing the total amount of fuel costs by the average load of an airplane (150 passengers), it turns out that the actual cost of an air ticket for one person costs 6655 rubles. Nevertheless, it is also necessary to take into account the fact that the air carrier should not only make a profit, but also spend additional funds for servicing aircraft, payment for employees of the airline, airport services, etc. It can be assumed that the amount of the air ticket surcharge Will be 150%, which ultimately corresponds to the price of 16637 rubles per 5765 kilometers.

Manufactured calculation can easily be compared with the current prices at approximate route (within the difference in 50 kilometers):

• Moscow - Beijing (5800 km.) - The average price of the ticket in August - 32300 rubles.

Similarly, air carriers intend to make a profit from each committed flight in almost five times the volume, which, of course, because of the high prices reduces the interest of passengers, resulting in a decrease in passenger traffic and the actual cessation of flights in areas in case of insufficient demand.

According to experts, if you reduce the currently existing prices 30-50%, passenger traffic will increase, at the same time, it will be possible to say with great certainty that the flights will be loaded on 95-97%, and fully able to pay off, bringing the carriers profit, without any additional costs associated with the lack of flow.

Kostyuchenko Yuriy specifically for Avia.pro