Moscow flights return to normal
Russia's Federal Air Navigation Authority (Rosaviatsia) stated Moscow airports have gradually returned to normal operations with the three-day backlog now cleared. More than 20,000 passengers were stranded in different airports in central Russia due to weather conditions. Details include:
- Moscow Domodedovo Airport stated (29-Dec-2010) it operated around 700 flights as at 29-Dec-2010. 341 services (179 international and 162 domestic) arrived while 322 (167 international and 165 domestic) departed the airport. As at 10:00 on 30-Dec-2010, the airport handled 96 arriving services (43 international and 52 domestic) and 105 (54 international and 51 domestic) departing services. 401 services are scheduled to depart the airport today (30-Dec-2010) [more - Moscow Domodedovo];
- Moscow Vnukovo International stated (30-Dec-2010) it is operating as per its normal daily flight schedule on 30-Dec-2010 with visibility standing at 2900m as at 10:25 on 30-Dec-2010. The airport handled around 561 services over the past 24 hours; [more - Moscow Vnukovo] [more - Moscow Vnukovo II];
- Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport: Handled 407 services as at 30-Dec-2010 (Xinhua, 29-Dec-2010);
- Aeroflot has completely restored (30-Dec-2010) its flight schedule as at 30-Dec-2010 with all services performing according to schedule. The carrier added that the deficiency of anti-icing liquid has been overcome. Of the 640 services conducted by the carrier between 25-Dec-2010 and 29-Dec-2010, 227 were on schedule. The carrier handled more than 80,000 passenger from Moscow during the period with the carrier adding extra services to clear the backlog. Approximately 3000 Aeroflot passengers were uplifted by other airlines. Aeroflot added that 2200 passengers have been accommodated in hotels and more than 12,000 food vouchers dispensed during the delay period. The carrier has been criticised by Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin over its handling of the matter (RIA Novosti, 30-Dec-2010). Other airlines have also resumed operations to Moscow's airports [more - Aeroflot] [more - Orenburg Airlines]
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has instructed prosecutors to check whether airport authorities and air carriers have taken "all necessary measures" to comply with legislation on air transportation and passenger services in emergency situations (RIA Novosti, 30-Dec-2010).