More than 84 million passengers where flying to and from Russian airports in 2013, according to an overview published on Friday by State Civil Aviation Authority of Russia (SCAA).
Increase is seen in both domestic- and international air traffic. 45 million passengers were onboard international flights, including near eight million on flights between Russia and former Soviet Union countries. Domestic flights carried 39 million passengers, up 10 percent compared with 2012.
The Russian Government is actively supporting development of regional aviation with subsidizes and airport infrastructure investments.
Where does the growing passenger market come from? The 2013 statistics from RZD Russian Railways partly explains. Long-distance passenger numbers were down 5 percent to 110 million, a news release from the state own railway reads.
The five largest Russian airliners are Aeroflot, Transaero, UTair, S7 and Rossia.
The Barents Region has some of the last large areas of intact natural woodlands in Europe. Scientists, bureaucrats and environmentalists from all four Barents countries cooperate on preserving the forest, but an international initiative is needed.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
During his three years in the Federation Council, Konstantin Dobrynin became a vocal critic of current political trends in Russia. Opponents will sigh of relief as he now exits the legislative assembly.