Polina Montag-Girmes




Polina joined the Air Transport World team in 2011, covering Russian and the Commonwealth of Independent States. She studied journalism at Moscow State University and worked as a journalist for Russian business and airline publications since 2000. She has previously worked for Russky Telegraf 1997-1998, Russia Journal 1999-2000, the Vremya Novostei newspaper 2000-2001, the Russky Focus business weekly 2001-2004 and the Kompania business weekly in 2004-2005.

Starting as a journalist for Air Transport Observer Magazine in 2005, she had become deputy editor by the time she left in 2014, moving to Germany.

She has also written and edited a number of surveys and editorial on airline, aircraft and travel issues for a number of Russian and international publications.

She lives with her husband, twins, and a dog and cat in Cyprus.


Aeroflot Group Traffic Down By Half In 2020

By Polina Montag-Girmes Feb 02, 2021
Impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, significant flight restrictions and the suspension of international flights, Aeroflot Group carried 30.2 million passengers in 2020, down 50.3% year-over-year.
Airlines & Lessors

Russian Airlines’ Traffic Down 46% In 2020

By Polina Montag-Girmes Feb 01, 2021
Russian airlines carried 69.2 million passengers in 2020, down 46% year-over-year (YOY), according to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia. 
Airlines & Lessors

Russian Government Decides On New Aeroflot CEO

By Polina Montag-Girmes Nov 19, 2020
The Russian government on Nov. 18 recommended Mikhail Poluboyarinov, the current CEO of the State Transport Leasing Corp. (STLC), as the new head of Aeroflot Group. 
Airlines & Lessors