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MOSCOW, February 19 (Itar-Tass) ——Russia introduced 70 new flight routes in 2011, the state corporation for air traffic management said.
"During the past year only, Russia introduced 70 new routes, most of which are international,” he said. “The positive dynamics of growth in the number of new routes was in all directions: trans-Eastern, cross-Polar, Trans-Asian and Asian, which expanded ability to provide services.”
“The increasing number of routes was in line with the increasing number of aircrafts serving them," the source said.
Special attention was paid to increasing of transit routes. The number of transit flights made in 2011 reached 285,647, which is by 12.7 percent more than those a year earlier. According to the state corporation, Russia’s air space "is becoming more attractive for foreign airlines."
"Speaking about the increasing air traffic in the air space of the Russian Federation, it is necessary to note a steady growth of flights made by foreign airlines – by about four percent, which created some financial stability for operation of the Unified Air Traffic Management System of this country," the source said.