Before Perestroika, there were around one and half thousand airports and landing sites on Russian territory. Now there are only 260. For a country of more than 17 million, which ranks first in the world in terms of territory, it is a mere drop in the ocean. The number of air passengers has dropped from 140 million to 80 million each year. Despite all the talks about the necessity of restoring small aircraft, local airports continue to close, and their employees are laid off or forced to retire. A small airport in the village of Lopshenga on the Onezhsky Peninsula is one of the few surviving local airports, but it is being used less and less frequently. Regardless of the quality of roads, the local residents prefer land transportation to flying. Nonetheless, the airport, which is located right by the White Sea, is still in operation. Its chief, who is also the air traffic controller and accountant, Ilya Ikonnikov, has been working in Lopshenga since 2012. Before that, he worked in Onega, but the airport there came to a complete desolation, and the staff were dismissed. The fate of the airport in Lopshenga is also hanging by a thread, however, the manager is not ready to change his job or even industry in which he works: «It is my service. If one church is closed, then you move to another. Until it closes, I will continue to serve it. Only instead of a church, here we mean an airport.»