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Polets.ru - Is It Complete?  
User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2408 posts, RR: 21
Posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

Does have ALL the flights operating in CIS, or in Russia? I am not sufficiently familiar with Russia to judge. On the one hand, I find the number of airports covered absolutely amazing (especially if you look some of them up on a map!), on the other hand, I am confused by the fact that some big cities - for example, Magadan - only have something like 15 weeks a week. Is polest.ru missing some?


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User currently offlineDs From Russia, joined Nov 2001, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2073 times:

Yes, polets.ru is quite accurate. The amount of air traffic in Russia seriously decreased during last 15 years in comparision with Soviet Union times.

User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2062 times:

I always found it to be the most accurate, even though it is occasionally missing some routes or is unable to look up more difficult itineraries that are possible but unusual....

User currently onlineAeroflot777 From Austria, joined Mar 2004, 3478 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

I don't know if that was correct but I heard that Aeroflot Soviet Airlines used to serve 36,000 destinations around the Soviet Union. This included all the small small villages. The TU-154 could land on fields so this was possible.

User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2408 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

36,000 seems a bit much to me. As of today, Russia has about 2,600 airports, of which about 600 have a paved runway (source: CIA world factbook. http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/rs.html#Trans).

OK, the Soviet Union was more than Russia, but I can't imagine that adding the CIS states brings the number of airports up to 36,000.

Maybe 36,000 inter-city connections?

Whatever the number, aviation in Russia is a huge thing, with planes going to really far out places (look up, for instance, Plevek on a map and you'll know what I mean), and it's sometimes a bit intransparent for foreigners. But polets.ru is a great source, especially since it lets you look up all the destinations served directly from one given airport. Really cool.

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