Mozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2167 posts, RR: 13 Posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1640 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?
Aeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1540 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.
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.