Russia Reopens Airports as Smog Weakens

9 August 2010 (Last Updated August 9th, 2010 18:30)

Russia resumed normal flight operations from its international airports on 8 August after flight operations were disrupted due to heavy smog from wildfires raging across central Russia. A total of 95,000 passengers have been stranded at various Moscow airports in the last 24 hours due

Russia resumed normal flight operations from its international airports on 8 August after flight operations were disrupted due to heavy smog from wildfires raging across central Russia.

A total of 95,000 passengers have been stranded at various Moscow airports in the last 24 hours due to the smog, according to RIA Novosti.

Sheremetyevo International Airport, with a visibility of 500m, is operating normally, allowing both takeoff and landing flights.

Domodedovo International Airport and Vnukovo International Airport have also begun operating according to actual weather conditions and are allowing flights to take off.

A significant number of flights have been redirected to reserve airfields in other cities in central and western Russia.

A wildfire is still blazing across central Russia as a result of an unprecedented heat wave and temperatures rising above 40°C.