Ukraine Crisis: RadarBox Reports Steady Decline of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport

LONDON – According to data from RadarBox.comMoscow Sheremetyevo airport has suffered a percentage drop over the past four weeks in the number of movements.

As we have already pointed out to AviationSourcethe airport continues to experience declining movement statistics based on a seven-day rolling average provided by the flight tracking site.

Without further ado, let’s get to the numbers…


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From October 29 to November 5, the airport recorded a 33.97% drop in movement statistics compared to the same period last year. This, as a figure, is 482 moves.

Figures for 2021 were recorded at 730 movements, which is the closest the airport has come to pre-pandemic levels, although even that figure is still a long way off at 998 movements.

For this week, the number is expected to drop by 31.91% to 480 movements, which is still well below the 2021 figures of 705 movements.

Below is the data for the past four weeks:

Date 2021 numbers 2022 numbers Percentage difference (2022 vs. 2021)
October 1-8 746 moves 561 movements -24.80%
October 8-15 761 movements 548 moves -27.99%
October 15-22 753 movements 529 movements -29.75%
October 22-29 741 movements 517 movements -30.23%

What we can see from this data is that the percentage decrease continues to decline week over week, which of course has to do with traffic being banned from entering airspace. Russian.

Many international carriers operated at the airport before the start of the Ukrainian crisis, which reflects the current situation in the region.

Consistent trend in September as well…

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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 movements 675 moves -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 moves 650 moves -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.


It remains clear that, especially as we also enter the winter season, the numbers at the airport will continue to decline, which will put the operator under extreme pressure to generate revenue.

That being said, President Putin of Russia is keen on subsidizing the aviation industry, so they will undoubtedly survive this volatile period, but at what cost to the coffers of the Russian economy?

Either way, it will be interesting to see how many more numbers continue to drop at the airport.

Christi C. Elwood