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Russia’s Sheremetyevo airport lays off staff as war in Ukraine hits air traffic

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Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport has laid off almost a fifth of its staff due to a reduction in passenger traffic following Western countries imposing sanctions on Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine, according to a Reuters report.

The news agency reported that some employees had been laid off from March 16 and would only receive two-thirds of their salary.

The airport has also halted new recruitments and cut all vacancies as the closure of airspace by several countries has led to a drastic drop in passenger traffic.

Separately, the UK has passed a new law that will make it a criminal offense for Russian carriers to enter its airspace.

In retaliation, Russia imposed a ban on airlines from 36 countries, including 27 EU countries.

Last week, Sheremetyevo Airport also announced that it would temporarily close its passenger terminal D following restrictions on international air travel.

The airport has decided to optimize and concentrate production activities in terminals B and C.

In a statement, Sheremetyevo Airport said: “The transfer of airline flights from Terminal D will be carried out according to the schedule to Terminal B and Terminal C, respectively. Airlines and business partners are notified at the anticipate future changes.

“International flights of Belavia, Aircompany Armenia, Vietnam Airlines, Corendon Airlines, Korean Air, MIAT Mongolian Airlines, Aeroflot (flights to EAEU), Cham Wings Airlines, Air India, Air Serbia for arrival and departure from the terminal D will be transferred to Borne C

“Domestic flights of Aeroflot, Rossiya Airlines, Pobeda, Yamal, Ikar, Nordwind Airlines and Severstal airlines will be serviced at Terminal B.”

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