AnAmericanIn From Moldova, joined Aug 2010, 43 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6699 times:
RIA Novosti reports (in Russian or translated) that Domodedovo Airport is closed this morning due to a power outage, the result of a freezing rain/ice storm that has crippled the Moscow region since Saturday. More than a dozen flights have been diverted to Sheremetyevo Airport, and there is no estimate as to when DME will reopen.
According to United, flight 964 that departed IAD last night (25/12) was among the flights diverted to SVO .
EDIT: Authorities now say that the airport will not be open until at least 13:00, Moscow time.
Sounds like a diversion to me - I know that several planes diverted to SVO on Sunday, but didn't even think to check any of the other nearby airports such as LED
As for today's update... DME airport officials believe that the situation will normalize itself within the next two or three days. Through last night, only outbound flights had been operated as there has been no space for inbound flights. However, inbound flights have started as of this morning. From midnight until 7:20 this morning, Moscow time, DME handled 120 flights, of which 70 were departing and 50 were landing.
I'm flying out on 1/1 and hoping that things will be normalised by then!
SVO is NOT operating normally. SU operations are severely disrupted. The majority of SU flights are either canceled or being constantly delayed for several days now. Passengers who have spent nights on the floors without any assistance or reliable information from SU are getting aggressive - there are reports of brawls, attempts to picket departure areas and even assaults towards front-line staff. Cafes and bars run out of food.
Severe weather conditions last Friday and deicing fluid shortages at Aeroflot Handling are the 2 obvious contributors to the ongoing chaos.
SVO airport was quick to distance itself from Aeroflot problems by issuing a statement that operations at airlines handled independently by SVO airport (AFKL, TK, UN, etc.) are 100% normal.
Weather forecast for tomorrow is not optimistic - moisture-loaded blizzards are approaching fast...
AnAmericanIn From Moldova, joined Aug 2010, 43 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2878 times:
Quoting MOW (Reply 7): SVO is NOT operating normally. SU operations are severely disrupted.
It was a translation error on my part. The report was that foreign airlines are operating normally but that SU is registering delays, which I see you mentioned. Nevertheless, it was reported later (this morning) that SU would be departing on schedule from 10:00 MSK. On the other hand, they cancelled all flights from midnight until 1000.
No, the weather doesn't look good for tomorrow. Heavy snow and moderate winds (GISMETEO predicts 6 metres per second, or 13 mph, during the day at DME for what it's worth) will probably cause some delays and/or cancellations. After tomorrow though, there should be a few days of relatively good weather.
MOW From Israel, joined Dec 2005, 186 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2860 times:
Updates on DME / SVO disruptions (from Russian news sources):
1. About 12 000 passengers are still stranded in DME and 8 000 in SVO.
2. All flights between MOW and LED might be canceled to reduce backlog; passengers will be offered railway transportation.
3. 25 flights operated by SU were canceled today / 56 are listed as delayed.
4. Operations at DME are getting back to normal, but majority of flights are still departing with severe delays.
MOW From Israel, joined Dec 2005, 186 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2648 times:
1. More than 10 000 are currently affected by flight disruptions at SVO with majority being SU pax.
2. SU plans to resume normal operations by Wednesday evening (in 24 hours from now).
3. Number of canceled SU flights totals 153 over 3 days.
4. Number of flights which are still being delayed at DME is 66.