Moscow’s main airport closed after overnight snow

* Power outages hit thousands of Muscovites

* Snow expected to continue falling until Tuesday

MOSCOW, Dec 26 (BestGrowthStock) – Moscow’s Domodedovo airport was
closed and thousands of Muscovites were left without power on
Sunday after a heavy overnight snowfall, the RIA Novosti news
agency said.

It quoted an airport spokeswoman as saying flights at the
airport, Russia’s busiest, were halted after two electricity
substations were knocked out.

“The airport service is suspended,” the spokeswoman, Elena
Galanova, was quoted as saying, adding that it was not clear
when operations would resume.

The Moscow United Electric Grid Company said about 100,000
people in the region were affected by power outages, according
to RIA.

The temperature in Moscow hovered around zero degrees
Celsius on Saturday and early Sunday. Some rail services were
also disrupted.

Moscow’s other two main airports, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo,
were working normally.

Forecasters said snow was expected to continue falling until
Tuesday, with temperatures ranging between zero and -6 C.

According to the latest figures available, 2.47 million
passengers passed through Domodedovo in July, up 18.4 percent
compared with a year earlier.

That compares with 2.12 million at Sheremetyevo, Moscow’s
second airport, and 6.72 million at London’s Heathrow, the
world’s busiest international airport.

Hundreds of travellers spent an uncomfortable Christmas in
airport queues after icy weather grounded and delayed many
flights in Europe, with Paris and Brussels airports the worst
affected.
(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Andrew Dobbie)

Moscow’s main airport closed after overnight snow