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Moscow Domodedovo (DME) Closed 26/12/10  
User currently offlineAnAmericanIn From Moldova, joined Aug 2010, 43 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6935 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.

[Edited 2010-12-26 01:31:23]

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User currently offlineAnAmericanIn From Moldova, joined Aug 2010, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4272 times:

Here's an update:

As of last night, domestic flights resumed from Domodedovo, though power has not been fully restored. The power outages were due to downed wires in one village and icing at a substation.

News links:
RIA Novosti in Russian or translated.
MSNBC/AP in English.


User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 2999 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4136 times:

Thanks for the update, mate.

I've been monitoring DME/SVO situations via news in the last day or so. Would have been an awesome day for some spotting  

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineAnAmericanIn From Moldova, joined Aug 2010, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3869 times:

Update 2: The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations reports via RIA Novosti (translated) that DME is 80 percent operational. SVO is operating normally.

User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 2999 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3666 times:

Quoting AnAmericanIn (Reply 3):
SVO is operating normally.

Another reason SVO is my airport of choice!  


User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1393 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3485 times:

Just saw on arrival today at LED a TG (couldn't see which one actually, 777?)

As TG doesn't fly to LED, this was a diversion?



Всяк глядит, да не всяк видит.
User currently offlineAnAmericanIn From Moldova, joined Aug 2010, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3268 times:

Quoting Severnaya (Reply 5):
As TG doesn't fly to LED, this was a diversion?

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!  


User currently offlineMOW From Israel, joined Dec 2005, 191 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3140 times:

Quoting AnAmericanIn (Reply 3):
SVO is operating normally.

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...


User currently offlineAnAmericanIn From Moldova, joined Aug 2010, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3114 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.

Also, as of 15:00, DME is now operating normally.

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.

[Edited 2010-12-28 05:23:50]

User currently offlineMOW From Israel, joined Dec 2005, 191 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3096 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.

to be continued...

[Edited 2010-12-28 05:39:03]

User currently offlineAnAmericanIn From Moldova, joined Aug 2010, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3087 times:

Quoting MOW (Reply 9):
1. About 12 000 passengers are still stranded in DME

What is your source for this? I can't find a number that high anywhere...


User currently offlineMOW From Israel, joined Dec 2005, 191 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3058 times:

Quoting AnAmericanIn (Reply 10):
What is your source for this? I can't find a number that high anywhere...

Levitin (head of Ministry of Transportation), cited by RBC news.


User currently offlineMOW From Israel, joined Dec 2005, 191 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

Latest developments:

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.


User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 2999 posts, RR: 27
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2846 times:

Quoting MOW (Reply 12):
More than 10 000 are currently affected by flight disruptions at SVO with majority being SU pax.

I'm actually impressed with operation in SVO. Priorities are being taken care of as well as they can be.


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