Ukraine crisis: Movements at Moscow Sheremetyevo airport drop by 25%

LONDON – In a model well-aligned with Aeroflot, Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport movements based on a seven-day moving average fell 25%, according to

This is not a surprise, especially if airlines are reducing their operations from the airport due to the continuing sanctions caused by the Ukrainian crisis.

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


Data provided by

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

That’s nearly 50% lower than pre-pandemic levels, where Moscow was up there with 1,073 moves, so you can see how much the numbers have dropped due to COVID-19 and the crisis. Ukrainian.

Below is a list of airport movements over the past four weeks:

Date 2021 numbers 2022 numbers Percentage difference
September 3-10 817 moves 675 movements -17.38%
September 10-17 805 movements 664 movements -17.52%
September 17-24 803 movements 659 movements -17.93%
September 24-October 1 793 movements 650 movements -18.03%
As in the Aeroflot statistics article published earlier, you can start to see that from September 24th to October 1st, the percentage drop intensifies even further.

So what we can start to see also from this chart is that, like with the Aeroflot stats, we are starting to see a decline in those assets within Russian aviation.

Aeroflot figures…

Data provided by

From October 1 to 8, 2022, the carrier recorded 397 movements, a sharp drop of 22.91% compared to the same period last year, when 515 flights were operated.

Obviously, this figure is far from the pre-pandemic level of 804 movements during the same period in 2019. This is not surprising, given the ongoing Ukrainian crisis.

Below is a list of data from the past four weeks, which shows mostly single-digit declines as opposed to the major double-digit decline we saw last week:

Date 2021 numbers 2022 numbers Percentage difference
September 3-10 581 moves 534 moves -8.09%
September 10-17 566 moves 527 moves -6.89%
September 17-24 568 moves 521 moves -8.27%
September 24-October 1 551 movements 497 moves -9.80%
From this data, you can see that the drop in the number of movements started between September 24 and October 1, and worsened from October 1 to October 8, 2022.

What you can also see in the chart is that for a period the carrier was on course to hit 2021 numbers, which showed a layer of consistency across the board over the past few periods. of the summer 2022 season.

However, as winter approaches, we can probably expect the movement count to deteriorate.


It remains clear that the pattern emerged here.

As airlines begin to struggle with movement, so do airports. This may seem very obvious, but it is the truth that Russian aviation will have to face moving forward.

It will be interesting to see how the sector performs as the winter season approaches and whether it can stay on its own feet without more subsidies heading its way.

Christi C. Elwood