Magas Airport is also known as Magas Oskanov Airport, which is an airport in the Republic of Ingushetia near Ordzhonikidzevskaya that serves the capital city of Magas and the largest regional city of Nazran. The airport was named Magas, coming from the medieval capital of Alania. When translated from Ingush, the name means Sun City. Before, the airport around the year 1992 and earlier served as a Soviet military air base. The Magas Airport is sometimes referred to by the title of Magas Oskanov Airport, in honour of Soviet General and MiG-29 pilot Sulom-Beck Oskanov.
The airport is located in the Republic of Ingushetia, or most commonly referred to as Ingushetia. This place is a federal subject of Russia and is located in the North Caucasus region with its capital at Magas. Ingushetia is the smallest of Russia's federal subjects except for the three federal cities, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Sevastopol. It was established on June 4, 1992 after the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic was split in two. Ingushetia is also home to the indigenous Ingush, a people of Vainakh ancestry.
What to see & do
Those who plan to travel to Magas, which is under the Republic of Ingushetia, should be wary and cautious as it is considered a war zone. Ingushetia and Chechnya are considered foreign visitors' restricted areas in Russia. Travellers who are in Ingushetia have to register with the local branch of the Russian Federal Security Bureau (FSB) to avoid any trouble. Any foreigner in Ingushetia is tightly monitored by the FSB.
Despite all these warnings, there are many historical and cultural places that travellers can visit in Ingushetia. There are many museums that tourists can go to in order to enrich their knowledge of its history and its traditions. Some of the museums that tourists can visit are the Malgobek Town Battle and Labor Glory Museum, Hero Akhriev House Museum, Ordzhonikidze Apartment Museum, and the Hero Sheripov House Museum.
How to get around within Magas
There are two methods to go around the republic of Ingushetia and these are by bus and train. A train leaves from and to Moscow one time for four days and a daily bus leaves from Moscow to Nazran. There is also a regular bus service that goes around the republic for the locals and trourists to use for ease. Other than that, if one isn't familiar with the area of Ingushetia, travellers can also opt to use a taxi as there are many taxis going around the republic.
How to get there
Those who plan to visit Ingushetia can book their flights directly to Magas Airport. The place where it serves is the capital of the republic and can provide ease in going around the city. Travellers can book their flights using Skyscanner if their itineraries are already set. Skyscanner has a list of destinations and corresponding airlines that serve those destinations, as well as the cheapest flights going there. There are two airlines that serve Magas Airport and these are UTair Aviation going to Moscow-Vnukovo and UTair Aviation going to Madinah.
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