Ukraine Crisis: Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport’s Movements Drop 25%

English: Aleksandr MarkinРусский: Александр Маркин, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – In a well-aligned pattern with Aeroflot, Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport’s movements based on a seven-day rolling average have dropped 25%, according to

This doesn’t come as a surprise, especially if airlines are reducing operations out of the airport due to the continued sanctions caused by the Ukraine Crisis.

So without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…

The Numbers…

Data provided by

For October 1-8, the airport recorded 561 movements, which represents a decrease of 24.80% compared to the same period in 2021.

This is nearly 50% less than pre-pandemic levels, where Moscow was up there with 1,073 movements, so you can see how far the numbers have come down due to COVID-19 and the Ukraine Crisis.

Below is a list of the airport’s movements from the last four weeks as well:

Date2021 Numbers2022 NumbersPercentage Difference
September 3-10817 movements675 movements-17.38%
September 10-17805 movements664 movements-17.52%
September 17-24803 movements659 movements-17.93%
September 24-October 1793 movements650 movements-18.03%
Like in the earlier released Aeroflot statistics article, you can begin to see that from September 24-October 1, the percentage decrease intensifies further.

So what we can begin to see also from this table is that, like with the Aeroflot statistics, we are beginning to see a decline in such assets within Russian aviation.

The Aeroflot Numbers…

Data provided by

For October 1-8, 2022, the carrier recorded 397 movements, which is a sharp decrease of 22.91% compared to the same period last year, where 515 flights were operated.

Obviously, this figure is nowhere near the pre-pandemic level of 804 movements in the same period in 2019. This comes as no surprise, given the ongoing Ukraine Crisis.

Below is a list of the last four weeks’ worth of data, which shows mainly single-digit decreases as opposed to the major double-digit decrease we have seen last week:

Date2021 Numbers2022 NumbersPercentage Difference
September 3-10581 movements534 movements-8.09%
September 10-17566 movements527 movements-6.89%
September 17-24568 movements521 movements-8.27%
September 24-October 1551 movements497 movements-9.80%
From this data, you can see that the dive in movement numbers began between September 24 and October 1, with it worsening on October 1-8, 2022.

What you can also see from the table is that for a certain period, the carrier was close to achieving 2021’s numbers, which showed a layer of consistency across the board during the later periods of the Summer 2022 season.

However, as the Winter approaches, we can probably expect movement numbers to get worse.


It remains clear that the pattern has emerged here.

As airlines begin to struggle with movements, so will the airports. That may seem very obvious, but that’s the truth that Russian aviation will have to contend with moving forward.

It’s going to be interesting to see how the sector will perform going into the Winter season and whether it can stay on its own two feet without more subsidies heading its way.

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