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Domestic flights Russia

Read on for our guide to domestic flights in Russia, including airlines which operate them, why to book them and FAQs. Search and buy flights above using the search bar to find internal flights within Russia on Alternative Airlines.

Major airlines that fly domestically in Russia

Explore the major airlines that offer domestic flights in Russia below. These airlines also fly to destinations internationally.


Aeroflot is one of the world’s oldest airlines that is still operational. It was founded in 1923, making it almost 100 years old. This airline is based out of Moscow where is also has it’s hub at Sheremetyevo International Airport, and operates flights across the world but also to around 60 destinations within Russia.

S7 Airlines

S7 Airlines is a Russian airline which was founded in 1957 and is based in Ob, Novosibirsk, Russia. This airline is currently Russia’s biggest domestic airline, flying to over 60 destinations in Russia alone, and an additional 90 destinations internationally. This airline has hubs as Moscow and Novosibirsk, and also focuses its destinations on the cities of Irkutsk, St. Petersburg and Vladivostok.

Rossiya Airlines

Rossiya Airlines is a Russian airline with a base in Saint Petersburg, and a hub at Pulkovo Airport, and secondary hubs at Moscow, Rostov-on-Don and Orenburg airports. The airline is 75% owned by Aeroflot, who is now its parent company. This airline flies to over 30 domestic destinations, but also to many destinations across Europe.


UTair is a Russian airline which is based in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia and whose main hubs are at Surgut International Airport and Vnukovo International Airport. The airline’s focus is mainly on domestic flights, although it does operate some international flights and charter flight services within western Siberia. Within Russia, the airline flies to many places such as Belgorod, Sochi, Ulan-Ude and Yekaterinburg, although the total number of domestic destinations is over 50, and international destinations around 20.

Ural Airlines

Ural Airlines is an airline based in Yekaterinburg, Russia where it also has one of its bases at Koltsovo, but also one at Moscow-Domodedovo. The airline also has 3 secondary hubs, at Moscow Sheremetyevo, Moscow Zhukovsky and Saint Petersburg. Focus cities are also located in Chelyabinsk, Irkursk, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Samara, Novosibirsk-Tolmachevo and Ufa. This airline was formed in 1943 as part of Aeroflot, but didn’t start flying operations until 50 years later in 1993.

Pobeda Airlines

Pobeda is a low-cost airline based in Russia who is owned wholly by Aeroflot. This airline flies to over 60 destinations, with almost half of these being in Russia. This airline is a subsidiary of Aeroflot, who created it in an attempt to form a low-cost airline in Russia. The airline has its hub in Vnukovo International Airport, and has focus cities at Pulkovo, Sochi, Platov, Anapa and Koltsovo. This airline is featured as one of our ‘Cheapest Airlines in the World’. Click the link to see what other airlines were featured for their great value.


Citrus is a new Russian low-cost carrier (LCC), set to launch in 2022. The new airline will focus on cross-regional flights within Central Russia.

All other airlines that fly domestically in Russia

Below is a table of all Russian airlines that are available at Alternative Airlines and which province they're based in.

International Airports

Air Company ALROSAMirninsky District40+
Angara AirlinesIrkutsk Oblast20+
Aurora AirlinesSakhalin Oblast30+
AzimuthRostov Oblast50+
Azur AirKrasnoyarsk Krai150+
GazpromaviaMoscow Oblast20+
Globus AirlinesNovosibirsk Oblastn/a subsidiary for S7
IrAeroIrkursk Oblast60+
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air EnterpriseKamchatka Krai1-10
Khabarovsk AirlinesKhabarovsk Novy10+
KomiaviatransKomi Republic20+
Kostroma Air EnterpriseKostroma Oblast1-10
KrasAviaKrasnoyarsk Krai1-10
NordaviaArkhangelsk Oblast30+
NordStarKrasnoyarsk Krai50+
NordwindMoscow Oblast160+
Pegas FlyKrasnoyarsk Krai80+
Polar AirlinesSakha Republic20+
PskovaviaPskov OblastUnknown - Restarting
Red WingsMoscow Oblast70+
RusLineMoscow Oblast70+
Severstal AirlinesVologda Oblast20+
Siberian Light AviationMagadan Oblast10+
TuruhanKrasnoyarsk Krai6
UVT AeroTatarstan50+
Vologda Air EnterpriseVologda Oblast1-10
Yakutia AirlinesSakha Republic70+
Yamal AirlinesYamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug50+

About Domestic Flights in Russia

There are many airlines which offer flights which both depart and land Russia. At Alternative Airlines, you can choose from a selection of Russian airlines that fly to many destinations around and within the country.

Saint Basil's Cathedral, Russia

Why book domestic flights in Russia?

Russia is such a vast and huge country, meaning there’s no wonder that there’s plenty of things to see and do across the country. However, due to the vastness of Russia, it often means it’s easier and quicker to get on a plane and travel by air than it is to travel on the ground via cars or trains.

Alternative Airlines offers passengers who are wishing to book flights for a number of reasons an easy way to book domestic flights on airlines, both major ones and niche ones. From commuting to work or conferences, travelling to large events (e.g. sporting events) or simply travel for tourist reasons, you can be sure to find your flights with Alternative Airlines.

You may be looking to explore some of the diverse nature that Russia has to offer, from Lake Baikal to the Valley of Geysers in Kamchatka, or you may prefer to discover the bustling cities of Ufa, Sochi, Moscow or St. Petersburg, you’re sure to find something that appeals to every audience in Russia.

Alternative Airlines also offers passengers the ability to book in English, with a dedicated customer service team on-hand throughout the booking process to help you should you have any queries or questions.

Domestic Flights FAQs

Do I need a passport for domestic flights in Russia?

Yes - Russian nationals will need an Internal Russian Passport for travel and identification purposes within Russia. This is different from the International Russian passport, which is used by Russian nationals travelling in and out of Russia. Foreign nationals will need their national passport, and quite often their travel visa when travelling domestically within Russia. Find out more about travel documents you may need for travel here.

How do I find cheap domestic flights in Russia?

When booking on Alternative Airlines, you can use our best fare finder to find the cheapest Russian domestic flight in a given time period. You can also use a flight discount code to save on your next airline ticket, when paying with PayPal or PayPal Credit.

What is the baggage allowance on domestic flights in Russia?

Baggage allowance for your domestic flight will depend on the airline you are travelling with, and often the class and fare purchased. Click on the airlines above to find out more about the baggage allowance for each airline, or alternatively use our search bar and find out the baggage allowance for your specific flight and itinerary. If you need more baggage, you can also purchase additional baggage.

Can I book domestic flights in Russia online?

Yes of course! Alternative Airlines is an online travel agent, meaning you can book your flights online with us. We have a great selection of domestic Russian flights which you can choose from, providing flights to big well-known places but also smaller, regional and lesser-known places.

What is the longest domestic flight in Russia?

The longest non-stop domestic flight in Russia is Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport (PKC) to Moscow Vnukovo (VKO). This flight is 4,227 miles with a duration of just under 9 hours. This route has previously been operated by Aeroflot on their modern A330 aircraft.

Are there any airlines that have ceased flying?

Over the years there have been a number of airlines in Russia that have unfortunately ceased operating. This includes Kogalymavia Airlines, which ceased flying operations in 2015, and Moskovia Airlines, which suspended operations in 2014. Many of the routes which were previously operated by these airlines have since been picked-up by the airlines listed above.

What is the check-in time for domestic flights in Russia?

Check-in closing times will depend on the airline you are flying with. Typically, check-in deadlines are later for domestic flights than they are for international flights, as there are less checks required for domestic travel. Click the airline names above to be taken to the airline page for airline-specific information, or check your booking itinerary or reference to see what time you need to be at the airport for your domestic Russian flight.