As many know, SVO2 has been bleeding foreign carriers to DME, in spite of the fact that a new state of the art terminal is under construction at SVO, and SVO2 itself will undergo major upgrades. Latest to leave are both Lufthansa and Japan Airlines. Surprisingly, China Shouthern opted for SVO2 when it begins its new services in 2008. According to my best guesses, the following foreign cariers are all that is left at SVO (many with less than daily services)
Air Algerie (1x weekly)
Air Malta (1x weekly)
Ariana Afghan (1x weekly)
Cyprus (3x weekly, reduced during winter)
Iran Air (2x weekly)
Korean Air (3x weekly)
MIAT (2x weekly)
Syrian Arab (2x weekly)
That's 28 carriers of which 8 operate three times a week for less.
A few questions:
Are any other airlines scheduled to relocate to DME? Other Star Alliance carriers perhaps?
Are any carriers expected to relocate back to SVO once all upgrades have been completed?
Has the decline in international traffic effected SVO economically? ie, job losses, lost revenue to pay for construction and upgrades?