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Can it be too hot to fly? How summer weather can affect your travel plans.

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  • Weather is behind nearly two-thirds of flight delays.
  • Extreme heat can make flying impossible.
  • The safest bet is to take the first flight of the morning.

Flight disruptions loom on the horizon as temperatures rise. 

Summer is a busy travel season, but it’s also marked by unpredictable weather and travel delays that are often out of the airlines' control.

Two major factors contribute to this flying unpredictability: more frequent storms and, in extreme cases, hot temperatures that make it impossible for some planes to take off and land.

Higher temps can also make it uncomfortable while waiting to board your flight.

With summer upon us, here’s what to expect when it comes to air travel and the weather.

Weather is behind nearly two-thirds of flight disruptions

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, 63% of flight delays are a result of weather conditions.

“The FAA’s job is to get travelers to their destination safely and efficiently. This summer will see more planes in the skies , frequent bad weather, and increased use of the nation’s airspace. We are continuously working to address these challenges,” a statement from the agency said. “Our summer travel website outlines initiatives we’ve taken to keep summer traffic safe and smooth.”

Airlines’ southern hubs can be especially prone to storm and heat disruptions during the summer.

“While we can’t control the weather – which is the number one reason for delays – we plan for and work around convective conditions,” FAA administrator Mike Whitaker said in a statement. “To improve safety and enhance efficient operations on the runway, we are installing innovative new surface surveillance technologies at airports around the nation.”

Extreme heat can make flying impossible

As global temperatures rise, storms aren’t the only thing affecting flights.

“When air is hot, it becomes less dense due to air molecules spreading out,” Bob Thomas, assistant professor of Aeronautical Science at Embry‑Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus said in a post on the school’s website . “Hot air is thin air. While this reduces the lift on which planes rely for takeoff, the main impact is felt on engine thrust. Aircraft engines will produce less thrust during takeoff and ascent as a result,” which makes it harder for them, and sometimes impossible to take off.

High heat can lead to extra weight restrictions for some planes at some airports, which can mean needing to bump some passengers. Extreme temperatures can even result in airlines canceling some flights altogether.

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How hot is too hot for airplanes?

Most mainline Airbus and Boeing jets can take off safely up to 122 degrees or so. Smaller regional jets often have a lower threshold for safe operations. But the exact limits depend on a variety of factors, including the plane’s total weight, the altitude of the airport and other conditions.

How you can plan ahead

The safest bet is to take the first flight of the morning. That’s when temperatures are typically lowest, and also the least likely time of day for airlines to experience knock-on delays from earlier disruptions.

It’s also usually a good idea to avoid connecting in airports that are especially susceptible to summer weather delays if possible. The rule of thumb is often: connect through northern airports in the summer and southern airports in the winter. 

Zach Wichter is a travel reporter for USA TODAY based in New York. You can reach him at [email protected].

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Flight disruptions continue with thousands more cancellations as Omicron thins airline crews.

At least 2,600 more flights were canceled globally on Monday, including about 1,000 U.S. flights.

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By Marc Tracy ,  Daniel Victor ,  Adeel Hassan and Ana Ley

  • Published Dec. 26, 2021 Updated Dec. 27, 2021

Flight disruptions in the United States continued on Monday as many people embarked on their first trips in almost two years, and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, again raised the possibility of a vaccination requirement for air travel.

At least 2,600 more flights were canceled Monday, including about 1,000 U.S. flights, as the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus is sending daily caseloads in parts of the United States soaring to levels higher than last winter’s pandemic peak.

While the cancellations were only a small percentage of overall flights, the problem threatened to extend into the holiday week.

“When you make vaccination a requirement, that’s another incentive to get more people vaccinated,” Dr. Fauci said on MSNBC on Monday. “If you want to do that with domestic flights, I think that’s something that seriously should be considered.”

Over the holiday weekend, airlines canceled thousands of flights as the Omicron variant hit flight crews. In all, about 2,300 U.S. flights were canceled on Saturday and Sunday of Christmas weekend, with more than 3,500 more grounded globally, according to FlightAware , which provides aviation data. On Sunday alone, more than 1,300 U.S. flights and nearly 1,700 additional ones worldwide were canceled.

While some of the groundings were caused by bad weather and maintenance issues, several airlines acknowledged that the current wave of coronavirus cases had contributed significantly. A JetBlue spokesman said the airline had “seen an increasing number of sick calls from Omicron.”

Twelve percent of JetBlue flights, 6 percent of Delta Air Lines flights, 5 percent of United Airlines flights and 2 percent of American Airlines flights on Sunday were canceled, according to FlightAware.

The stock prices of United, Delta, American and Southwest — the four largest U.S. carriers — were slightly lower on Monday.

Traveling rebounded sharply this year, making the situation at airports worse: Roughly two million people passed through screening checkpoints each day last week, according to the Transportation Security Administration , and on Sunday. The numbers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were much higher than last year, and some figures even exceeded those of the same days two years ago, when virtually no Americans were aware of a virus beginning to circulate halfway around the world.

The Omicron variant, which is now responsible for more than 70 percent of the new coronavirus cases in the United States, has already helped push daily case averages in the United States above 200,000 for the first time in nearly 12 months, according to The New York Times’s coronavirus tracker .

An airline trade group has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to shorten the recommended isolation period for fully vaccinated employees who test positive to a maximum of five days, from 10 days, before they can return with a negative test.

“Swift and safe adjustments by the C.D.C. would alleviate at least some of the staffing pressures and set up airlines to help millions of travelers returning from their holidays,” said Derek Dombrowski, a JetBlue spokesman.

The flight attendants’ union, however, has argued that reductions in recommended isolation times should be decided on “by public health professionals, not airlines.”

Some of this weekend’s delays had little to do with the pandemic. Alaska Airlines had only a few cancellations related to crew exposures to the coronavirus, said a spokeswoman, Alexa Rudin. Yet it canceled 170 flights those two days, according to FlightAware, including 21 percent of its Sunday flights, because of unusually cold and snowy weather in the Pacific Northwest, which affected its hub, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The pandemic has also caused a shortage of train and bus workers nationwide. In New York City, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is also dealing with an uptick in positive cases among its staff, which is 80 percent vaccinated. It said subway service on Monday was running on a normal schedule, with scattered exceptions.

“Whatever we can do as riders to help minimize the risk to transit workers will help to reduce the spread,” said Lisa Daglian, the executive director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the M.T.A., a watchdog group. “The M.T.A. is doing what it can with the resources it has available.”

Danny Pearlstein, a spokesman for the Riders Alliance, an advocacy group, said: “My sense is the M.T.A. is once again making the best of a bad situation.”

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Travel advisory september 5, 2023, russia - level 4: do not travel.

Updated to remove COVID-specific information and the kidnapping risk indicator as well as updates to security risks.

Do not travel to Russia due to the unpredictable consequences of the  unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces , the potential for  harassment and the singling out of U.S. citizens for detention by Russian government security officials , the  arbitrary enforcement of local law ,  limited flights into and out of Russia , the  Embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia , and the possibility of  terrorism .  U.S. citizens residing or travelling in Russia should depart immediately.  Exercise increased caution due to  the risk of wrongful detentions.

The U.S. government’s ability to provide routine or emergency services to U.S. citizens in Russia is severely limited, particularly in areas far from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, due to Russian government limitations on travel for embassy personnel and staffing, and the ongoing suspension of operations, including consular services, at U.S. consulates.

There have been numerous reports of drone attacks, explosions, and fires in areas in Western and Southern Russia, particularly near the Russian border with Ukraine, as well as in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In the event of an emergency, U.S. citizens should follow instructions from local authorities and seek shelter immediately.

In September 2022, the Russian government mobilized citizens to the armed forces in support of its invasion of Ukraine. Russia may refuse to acknowledge dual nationals’ U.S. citizenship, deny their access to U.S. consular assistance, subject them to mobilization, prevent their departure from Russia, and/or conscript them. 

U.S. citizens should note that U.S. credit and debit cards no longer work in Russia, and options to electronically transfer funds from the United States are extremely limited due to sanctions imposed on Russian banks. There are reports of cash shortages within Russia.

Commercial flight options are extremely limited and are often unavailable on short notice. If you wish to depart Russia, you should make independent arrangements as soon as possible. The U.S. Embassy has severe limitations on its ability to assist U.S. citizens to depart the country and transportation options may suddenly become even more limited. Click  here  for Information for U.S. Citizens Seeking to Depart Russia.

U.S. Embassy personnel are generally not permitted to travel on Russian air carriers due to safety concerns.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded the air safety rating for Russia from Category 1 to Category 2 on April 21, 2022, due to Russia’s Federal Agency for Air Transport noncompliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) prohibiting U.S. aviation operations into, out of, within, or over those areas of the Moscow Flight Information Region (FIR), the Samara FIR (UWWW) and the Rostov-na-Donu (URRV) FIR within 160NM of the boundaries of the Dnipro (UKDV) Flight Information Regions. For more information, U.S. citizens should consult the  Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions, and Notices .

The right of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are not consistently protected in Russia. U.S. citizens should avoid all political or social protests and not photograph security personnel at these events. Russian authorities have arrested U.S. citizens who have participated in demonstrations and there are numerous reports Russian nationals have been detained for social media activity. 

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U.S. citizens, including former and current U.S. government and military personnel and private citizens engaged in business who are visiting or residing in Russia, have been interrogated without cause and threatened by Russian officials, and may become victims of harassment, mistreatment, and extortion. 

Russian security services may fail to notify the U.S. Embassy of the detention of a U.S. citizen and unreasonably delay U.S. consular assistance. Russian security services are increasing the arbitrary enforcement of local laws to target foreign and international organizations they consider “undesirable.”

Russian security services have arrested U.S. citizens on spurious charges, singled out U.S. citizens in Russia for detention and harassment, denied them fair and transparent treatment, and convicted them in secret trials or without presenting credible evidence. Furthermore, Russian authorities arbitrarily enforce local laws against U.S. citizen religious workers and have opened questionable criminal investigations against U.S. citizens engaged in religious activity. U.S. citizens should avoid travel to Russia to perform work for or volunteer with non-governmental organizations or religious organizations.

There have been multiple security incidents in southwestern Russia related to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine. The Russian government declared martial law in Russia’s regions bordering Ukraine (Bryansk, Kursk, Belgorod, Voronezh, Rostov, Krasnodar) on October 20, 2022. The martial law regime allows the rapid introduction of restrictive measures such as curfew, seizure of private property, restriction of entry/exit and freedom of movement, internment of foreigners, forced relocation of local residents, and restrictions on public gatherings. U.S. citizens should avoid all travel to these areas.

Recent legislation has expanded the ability of Russian authorities to detain, question, and arrest individuals suspected of acting against Russia’s interests, including posts on personal social media accounts, engaging with foreign and international entities, discrediting the Russian state or military, as well as advocating for the rights of LGBTQI+ persons.

Terrorist groups, both transnational and local terrorist organizations, and individuals inspired by extremist ideology continue plotting possible attacks in Russia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs and systems, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas. Travel to the North Caucasus (including Chechnya and Mt. Elbrus) is prohibited for U.S. government employees and strongly discouraged for U.S. citizens.

The international community, including the United States and Ukraine, does not recognize Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea as well as four other Ukrainian oblasts – Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhya – that Russia has purported to annex more recently. There is extensive Russian Federation military presence in these areas. Russia staged its further invasion of Ukraine, in part, from occupied Crimea, and Russia is likely to take further military actions in Crimea, and the four other Ukrainian oblasts are the subject of intensive fighting. There are continuing abuses against foreigners and the local population by the occupation authorities in these regions, particularly against those who are seen as challenging Russia’s authority.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv continues to provide consular services to U.S. citizens in Crimea as well as four other Ukrainian oblasts partially occupied by Russia – Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhya, although the ongoing conflict severely restricts the Embassy’s ability to provide services in these areas.

Read the  country information page  for additional information on travel to Russia.

If you decide to travel to Russia:

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  • Ensure travel documents are valid and easily accessible.
  • Visit our website for  Travel to High-Risk Areas .
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  • Follow the Department of State on  Facebook  and  Twitter .
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It’s heat wave season. That’s bad news for your flights.

Another reason to book the first flight of the day.

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A heat wave is about to settle in and make life uncomfortable for the eastern part of the United States. That could also complicate air travel.

The effect of high temperatures can force planes to reduce the weight they are carrying, which can lead to delays and passengers being bumped. And hot days can make a plane’s cabin swelter as it sits on the runway before taking off or after landing.

How extreme heat affects planes

Planes absorb energy from the sun and ground, and passengers add to the heat and humidity once they’re onboard, too.

In a post on the school’s website, experts at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University explain that hot air is thinner and less dense than cooler air. As a result, planes produce less thrust as they’re taking off, need more speed to get in the air and require more room on the runway to reach that speed.

“The only way to make a takeoff possible on shorter runways would be to lower the weight of the aircraft,” Bob Thomas, an assistant professor of aeronautical science at Embry-Riddle, said in the post.

On days when weight restrictions are in effect, airlines generally shed fuel, bags or people. The number of those days is expected to multiply , according to research from Columbia University that examined four high-risk airports: Denver, New York’s LaGuardia, Phoenix and Reagan National near D.C.

Sometimes flights are delayed until the temperature is cooler or are canceled outright . When planes do fly on hot days, the experience can be miserable if passengers are stuck on the tarmac. During a stretch of intense heat last summer, travelers on multiple airlines complained that they were stuck on overheated planes. In at least one case , passengers needed medical attention.

How planes can (and can’t) cool down

While federal regulations say travelers have the right to “comfortable cabin temperatures” during a tarmac delay, the regulations don’t define “comfortable.” The Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, signed into law last month, includes a mandate to study and evaluate standards for temperatures on planes.

Plane cooling systems work best when aircraft are flying, not when they’re on the ground. If a plane is stuck on the tarmac, the captain might shut down a main engine, which is the best source to power the air conditioning. In those cases, an auxiliary power unit might not be capable of cooling the plane as much as needed.

Airlines often will pump cooler air into a plane before boarding, but that might not be enough to make the cabin comfortable on extremely hot days.

“At some point on the temperature scale, the very best unit can only do so much,” Billy Nolen, a former FAA acting administrator and the chief safety officer at the aircraft company Archer, told The Washington Post last year.

Airlines have said they take steps to keep planes cool enough, while acknowledging that those measures are required more often.

“We’re really taking this seriously, and we’re going to have to as we go forward,” American Airlines CEO Robert Isom said during a call with investors last summer.

What you can do about it

Experts recommend that air travelers avoid booking flights during the hottest part of a day. Embry-Riddle’s post says flights in the early morning and late evening are the least likely to experience heat-related issues.

Most air-travel insiders already suggest booking the first flight of the day to avoid weather delays, since those tend to build up throughout the day.

“No one likes to fly at 5 a.m., but it’s cooler then, and the plane should leave on time,” Brian Dilse, an academic instructor in the University of North Dakota’s Department of Aviation, told The Washington Post last year.

Andrea Sachs contributed to this report.

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People are still being awful on flights, and no one really knows why

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Air travelers picked up some bad habits during the pandemic that they can’t seem to shake.

Unruly passenger incidents rose 47% globally last year from 2021, even as pandemic-related restrictions faded, according to recent data released this month by the International Air Transport Association, an airline trade group. Reports of bad behavior rose from a rate of 1 incident per 835 flights to 1 per 568 over that period, IATA found.

Conflicts over mask requirements, which drove a surge in unruly conduct during the depths of the coronavirus pandemic, have largely dissipated. But as air travel continues to rebound — a record 257 million passengers are expected to hit the skies on U.S. airlines this summer — other sources of contention are still triggering disruptions at alarming rates. And some say official data may only capture a fraction of the problem.

“The public does not hear about the 99% of would-be incidents that are resolved by flight attendants without event,” the Association of Flight Attendants President Sara Nelson said in an email. “We deescalate conflict as aviation’s first responders on nearly every flight.”

Industry experts say that they can only speculate about what’s going on.

“I’m not sure if there is an overall increase in a feeling of self-entitlement,” said aviation security expert Jeffrey Price, the owner of the airport management consultancy Leading Edge Strategies, “or if people are, for some reason post-Covid, feeling more empowered to assert what authority or influence they believe they have.”

The numbers are only a part of the story. It’s the behavior behind the numbers that is causing us some concern.

Jonathan Jasper, senior manager for cabin safety, IATA

Looking at more than 20,000 reports submitted by around 40 airlines worldwide, IATA found the most common types of unruly conduct last year were non-compliance with crew instructions, followed by verbal abuse and intoxication.

In the last few weeks, a Delta Air Lines flight heading to Detroit from Paris was diverted to Canada for an emergency landing over the behavior of an unruly passenger. And a traveler denied boarding at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was arrested after allegedly having slapped a Spirit Airlines employee .

While extreme incidents like those remain rare, “it is very concerning to see the frequency of reported unruly incidents increasing,” said Jonathan Jasper, IATA’s senior manager for cabin safety. “And the key here is that the numbers are only a part of the story. It’s the behavior behind the numbers that is causing us some concern.”

IATA attributed last year’s jump in noncompliance to infractions ranging from passengers’ smoking cigarettes or vaping on planes to failing to fasten their seat belts, refusing to stow cabin baggage during takeoff and landing, and drinking their own alcohol onboard.

IATA’s study doesn’t break down incident rates by region. In the U.S., Federal Aviation Administration data shows the problem remains elevated despite having eased considerably from pandemic peaks.

In 2019, the FAA logged 1,161 unruly passenger reports and just 1,009 in 2020, when lockdown orders sharply restricted air travel. But as flight volumes began ticking back up, the reports skyrocketed to a record high of 5,981 in 2021 — around 72% of which had to do with masking rules, the FAA said.

Last year, the agency tallied 2,455 unruly passenger reports in the U.S., still far above pre-pandemic levels but a sharp drop nonetheless. The decline came in a year when a federal judge struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mask mandate for public transportation in late April 2022, by which point masking-related unruly conduct had dipped to 63% of FAA reports.

When mask mandates were overturned, however, the agency had already spent well over a year enforcing a “zero-tolerance” policy for unruly behavior.

In January 2021, it rolled out penalties such as hefty fines and the threat of federal criminal prosecution, including potential jail time, for any passenger who “assaults, threatens, intimidates, or interferes with airline crew members.” The FAA said this April that it had referred more than 250 of the most serious such cases to the FBI since late 2021.

While instances of noncompliance fell at the start of last year as more airlines and governments around the world dropped their mask mandates, IATA found the rate beginning to rise again as 2022 wore on, ending the year up.

Some aviation experts say many customers have most likely lost patience with airlines over high ticket prices , widespread delays and cancellations and sliding service quality in recent years.

“Flying is an altogether less enjoyable experience,” said Philip Baum, the managing director of the aviation security consultancy Green Light Ltd.

He noted that the industry let go huge numbers of personnel early in the pandemic and has struggled to recruit and train new ones . Many airline and airport workers may now be less experienced and more stressed, adding strain to interactions with shorter-fused customers.

Flying is an altogether less enjoyable experience.

Philip Baum, Managing Director of Green Light LtD.

In addition, Baum said, “the reality is that post-pandemic, those experiencing poor mental health is on the increase , some of whom may find the depersonalized service offered a trigger.”

Nelson also pointed to the pandemic’s long shadow, saying it “exposed deep social division and resentment over rising inequality,” and she criticized public officials’ “mixed messages and contempt for rules that protect our collective safety” as having made matters worse.

“Our cabins are microcosms of humanity, so this anxiety, confusion and division continues to show up in behavior on our planes,” she said.

Aviation most likely isn’t the only industry more customers are lashing out at. In the National Customer Rage Survey, released in March, a record 74% of consumers said they experienced issues in the marketplace in the previous 12 months, and 43% of respondents said they had raised their voices at customer service, up from 35% in 2015. Labor shortages in recent years were probably a factor in the jump, the researchers said at the time.

Whatever the underlying causes, the problem shows few signs of fading from air travel. The FAA had already recorded 822 reports of unruly passengers as of June 11 — less than halfway through a year when global passenger volumes are projected to reach 92% of pre-pandemic levels , up from 72% last year.

In fact, after a slight dip in February to 122 unruly passenger incidents, the FAA received 169 reports in May — the highest monthly level so far this year.

The agency didn’t respond to requests to comment further on its data.

Harriet Baskas is an NBC News contributor who writes about travel and the arts.

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  • Sheremetyevo - A.S. Pushkin international airport (SVO) Moscow 41 min 27 km
  • Moscow Domodedovo Mikhail Lomonosov Airport (DME) Moscow 59 min 42 km
  • Vnukovo International Airport (VKO) Moscow 56 min 28 km
  • Zhukovsky International Airport (ZIA) Zhukovskiy 1 hr 9 min 40 km

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From the Red Square to the Bolshoi Theater, Moscow has much to offer travelers. Tourists booking flights to Moscow are headed right into Russia’s leading financial and cultural center. But don’t let this massive capital city scare you – there’s more heart and soul in Moscow than most people know. 

Once you step off your Moscow flight, your first stop should be the Kremlin. This walled city includes four palaces, four cathedrals, and serves as the official residence to the President of Russia. Next to the Kremlin is the Red Square, most famously used for parades and demonstrations. First time travelers on flights to Moscow will likely recognize the colorful domes on top of Saint Basil’s Cathedral, situated inside the Kremlin. If shopping is your bag, find a cheap flight to Moscow and save your money for Gorky Street (today known as Tverskaya Street) – the most expensive shopping street in Moscow. For the arts and entertainment aficionado, no trip to Moscow is complete without a stop at the Bolshoi or Maly theaters. Book flights to Moscow in the winter and get tickets to one of the most amazing spectacles on stage, the Moscow Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” 

Thanks to a new government and a more modern lifestyle, Moscow flights are packed with visitors year round.

Sweltering hot summers and bitter cold winters are typical for Moscow. November to April has lots of snow and rarely sees a temperature above 32 degrees (F). Winter temperatures below 0 are common and the teens are typical. December snow lasts until April, and there are about six hours of daylight. Spring thaws the city, bringing lots of mud, slush, and warmer air. Summers reach the upper 90s in July and August and are very humid. July and August also have thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. Fall is short and the snows begin again in October.

Peak Season:

July and August are the peak tourist months in Moscow. Visitors overrun the city and Moscow flights, train tickets and accommodations can be difficult to come by.

Off Season:

Late spring and early fall are good times to visit Moscow. The weather is typically mild, although still unpredictable. Late May and late August tend to be warm and sunny.

Winter has the fewest tourists, and the snowscapes are breathtaking, as is the bitter cold. This is also the best time to find cheap flights to Moscow.

The cheapest and best way to get around Moscow is by metro. Purchase your ticket at one of the metro stations, which are decorated with artwork and sculptures. You can buy tickets for single or multiple trips. For areas that the metro doesn’t reach, take a tram or bus. Tram and bus tickets are cheapest at metro stations or kiosks, but you can also buy tickets from the driver. Make sure you validate your ticket when you board the bus. Marshrutky (minibus shuttles that drive along bus routes) and taxis can be flagged down for short trips. It’s easy to get private cars confused with taxis, so make sure you agree on a fare ahead of time. If you’re going to the airport, or taking a long trip, you should call ahead for a taxi. If you do rent your own car in Moscow, take note of the rules. Honking is only allowed in emergencies and your car must have seat belts, a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher and an emergency triangle or red light. If you can, avoid driving at night. Drunk driving happens often, despite being illegal.

Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME) is located 26 miles (42km) from central Moscow. It serves the area alongside the depressing Sheremetyevo International Airport, offering passengers a modern and much more cheerful entry point to the proud culture and history of Russia.

Processing more than 22 million passengers each year, flights to Moscow Domodedovo Airport come from all over the world, including major cities such as London, Cairo, Hong Kong, Madrid, Athens, Berlin, Vienna, Dubai, Tokyo, Barcelona, Houston, Singapore, Lisbon, Washington DC, Tel Aviv and Doha.

The airport also serves a number of domestic routes, and many passengers pass a few hours here on their way to St Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk and other Russian cities. The huge numbers of passengers in a relatively small facility mean long queues are a common experience.

In early 2011 Moscow Domodedovo Airport was hit by a terrorist attack, so security has been much tighter ever since. It’s best to leave plenty of extra time for delays when catching a flight from the airport.

Located 18 miles (29 km) north-west of central Moscow, Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) is Russia’s second largest airport. In 2010 it handled over 19 million passengers.

With Terminals A-C on the northern side of the airport’s two runways, and Terminals D-F on the southern side, the airport spans a massive area and therefore requires travel time of up to 20 minutes between terminals. Various retail and duty free stores are scattered throughout all terminals, parking lots are conveniently located near to each terminal, and transport to and from the city is plentiful, and facilities are neat and tidy. Although chaotic at times, staff at Sheremetyevo International are generally friendly and airport processes efficient.

What does DME mean?

DME is a unique code, commonly called an IATA code, used in the aviation industry to identify airports. This code, along with many others, are defined by IATA (International Air Transport Association). A DME flight refers to a flight to Moscow Domodedovo Airport. Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO), Moscow Vnukovo Airport (VKO), Moscow Zhukovsky Airport (ZIA) are other airports near this flight destination and their unique identifiers/IATA codes.

Can I find cheaper flights to Moscow if I am willing to have layovers?

Yes, flights with layovers are often cheaper than direct flights. Keep an eye out for flight deals to Moscow on Cheapflights that require 1 or 2 stops for potential cost savings.

Where does the fastest flight to Moscow depart from?

For those looking to save time traveling to Moscow, New York offers the quickest one-way flight (9 hours 10 minutes).

Does Moscow Domodedovo have rental cars?

Yes. Those touching down at Moscow Domodedovo can take advantage of the rental car services offered upon their arrival.

Are there hotels close to Moscow Domodedovo?

Yes. Moscow Domodedovo has hotels nearby for those requiring accommodations. Airhotel Express is the closest property to Moscow Domodedovo (0.0 mi away from Moscow Domodedovo).

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DNC says it will reimburse government for first lady Jill Biden's Delaware-Paris flights

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Updated on: June 10, 2024 / 7:57 PM EDT / CBS News

The Democratic National Committee said Monday that it plans to reimburse the federal government for first lady Jill Biden's flights to and from Paris to attend the federal trial of her son, Hunter Biden, but ultimately taxpayers will shoulder most of the costs.

A DNC spokeswoman confirmed to CBS News that the national party plans to pay "for the first class travel of the first lady." The move is similar to how the DNC and the Biden reelection campaign split the costs of flights for President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses when they fly on government aircraft to a mix of official and political events. 

The White House Military Office determines the reimbursement rates using  Pentagon-issued cost estimates . First ladies typically fly on smaller Boeing jets than the traditional 747 model used for presidential travel. The reimbursement rate for the flights the first lady took could run at least $15,000, based on the Pentagon tabulations. 

And while the DNC plans to reimburse the federal government for the first lady's seats on the flights, most of the costs related to the Air Force flight crew and to ferry Secret Service agents and any support staff are ultimately paid for by taxpayers. Those costs are likely to run into the six figures depending on the aircraft used and the number of personnel onboard —details the Pentagon doesn't normally disclose. 

The Daily Mail first reported  the reimbursement plans earlier Monday, and quoted the first lady's office as saying, "In accordance with relevant regulations utilized across administrations, the government is reimbursed the value of a first-class fare for these flights to Wilmington and back to Paris."

Multiple attempts to obtain the same statement from the first lady's office went unanswered Monday and the Biden reelection campaign referred CBS News to the DNC for comment. 

It is standard practice for the DNC and Republican National Committee to reimburse for government-paid flights to political events —but last week's itinerary for the first lady was especially notable given the international destination. 

She attended the first day of jury selection last week and then spent roughly 24 hours over three days flying to France, attending D-Day commemoration ceremonies in Normandy, then back to her family's hometown to sit in the Wilmington federal courthouse Friday to watch granddaughter Naomi Biden testify . The first lady was back in Paris by 6 a.m. local time Saturday to attend a full day of events, including a welcome ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, a tour of Louis Vuitton Foundation museum's art collection and a state dinner at the Élysée Palace.  

First ladies do not have the option of flying commercial given security concerns and always travel with a full Secret Service detail.

David Martin contributed to this report. 

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“Yeah I’ll be king, when dogs get wings,” Tom Petty sang 30 years ago. Canines may not have wings, but they will be able to fly on airplanes tailored to their needs.

BARK Air , which debuted on May 23 out of Westchester County Airport in New York, is a Fido-friendly airline that has also included flights out of the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and London, Forbes reported.

The company announced five new routes to other metro areas -- domestically and internationally -- according to WMAQ-TV . The new destinations going to the dogs include Midway in Chicago, and metro airports in San Francisco/San Jose, Phoenix, Miami-Fort Lauderdale and Paris, according to the television station.

BARK Air, a boutique airline that offers "white paw" dog-first flight experiences for dogs and their humans, is now flying out of the Bay Area. https://t.co/B0cZn6hOKh — KRON4 News (@kron4news) June 13, 2024

Flights for the new routes became available for booking on June 12, with routes becoming operational in October, WMAQ reported.

BARK Air’s maiden voyage was sold out and departed New York for Los Angeles on May 23, according to WBBM-TV . One-way tickets cost $6,000 for one dog plus a human from Los Angeles to Chicago, the television station reported. A cross country flight from New York to Los Angeles costs $6,500 one way.

“There were a mix of breeds onboard including chihuahuas, a golden retriever and dachshunds,” Katharine Enos, BARK’s chief of staff, told Fox Business . “Happy to report there was no dog drama, some dogs played in the aisle while the smaller dogs took nice long naps. All dogs snacked on BARK cereal treats for dogs, dog-friendly cupcakes, chicken-flavored puppuccinos and doggie champagne (chicken broth). The humans onboard all got along as well and felt connected in their shared obsession with their dogs.”

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Russia mutiny: Rebel Wagner leader 'to move to Belarus' after calling off advance on Moscow to avoid 'bloodshed'

The Kremlin says criminal charges against Yevgeny Prigozhin will be dropped and none of the Wagner Group fighters will be prosecuted as part of the deal to end the armed mutiny.

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In an audio clip shared on his Telegram channel, Wagner group boss Yevgeny Prigozhin said his convoy was targeted by Russian artillery fire and military aircraft. The message came after Vladimir Putin accused the Wagner mercenaries of an "armed mutiny."

The rebel leader of a Russian mercenary group will move to Belarus and have criminal charges against him dropped, the Kremlin has said, after he pulled his fighters back from advancing on Moscow.

Yevgeny Prigozhin had earlier told his troops heading towards the Russian capital to turn back, saying he wants to avoid shedding Russian blood.

His Wagner Group fighters were said to be just 120 miles from Moscow after Prigozhin had earlier vowed to "destroy anyone who stands in our way".

Wagner boss turns his troops around - Russia mutiny latest

Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin leaving Rostov

In his message, Prigozhin said: "In 24 hours we reached within 200km of Moscow. Over that time we didn't shed a single drop of our men's blood.

"Now though the time has come when blood might be shed. Therefore, mindful of the responsibility that Russian blood might be shed by one of the parties, we are turning our columns round and moving off in the opposite direction, to the field camps, according to plan."

After the armed mutiny was called off, the Kremlin said all criminal charges against Prigozhin would dropped and his Wagner Group fighters would not be prosecuted.

It also said the mercenary leader will move to Belarus - but it does not currently know his location.

"Avoiding bloodshed was more important than punishing people," a Kremlin spokesperson said, adding that some of the Wagner fighters will be able to sign contracts with Russia's defence ministry.


The office of Alexander Lukashenko said the decision to halt further movement of Wagner fighters was brokered by the Belarusian president, with Putin's approval, in return for guarantees for their safety.

The Kremlin said Lukashenko had offered to mediate because he had known the mercenary leader personally for around 20 years.

Chechen troops defend Moscow

Russia had enlisted 3,000 elite Chechen troops to be stationed in Moscow and placed machine guns on its borders, in preparation of private troops entering the capital.

Pro-Russian media reported 13 Russian soldiers were killed as part of the mutiny - but Sky News has not verified the claim.

Earlier, the Russian president accused the leader of the Wagner group of treason and leading an "armed mutiny".

Putin says the Wagner group rebellion is a 'criminal campaign' and an 'equivalent to armed mutiny'.

Condemning the actions of one-time ally Prigozhin , who was leading a rebellion to oust Russia's defence minister , Vladimir Putin branded the mercenary boss's actions a "stab in the back" to the country's soldiers and people.

But Prigozhin denied a betrayal and called his fighters "patriots".

The convoy had earlier moved rapidly from Russia's south and was thought to be around the Lipetsk region before the advance ended.

Earlier, Russian media showed groups of police manning machine gun positions at Moscow's southern border.

The route taken by the Wagner Group up to Moscow

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Prigozhin claimed he and his troops had reached Rostov-on-Don after crossing the Russian border from Ukraine and taken control of key sites, including the airfield.

The city is home to the Russian military headquarters that directs the invading forces in Ukraine.

The mercenary group was also said to have seized defence facilities in the city of Voronezh, around 310 miles south of Moscow.

The Russian army carried out "combat measures" in the Voronezh region "as part of the counter-terrorist operation", according to its governor Alexander Gusev.

Footage shows fighters of Warner group in Rostov near Russian military headquarters.

Putin's address

In a televised address earlier, Putin said: "It's the equivalent to armed mutiny.

"Russia will defend itself and repel this move.

"We are fighting the life and security of our citizens.

"It's an attempt to subvert us from inside.

"This is a stab in the back to our troops and the people of Russia."

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He added: "The entire military, economic and information machine of the West is waged against us.

"This battle, when the fate of our people is being decided, requires the unification of all forces, unity, consolidation and responsibility.

"Those who plotted and organised an armed rebellion, who raised arms against his comrades-in-arms, betrayed Russia. And they will answer for it."

Wagner rebellion was a disaster waiting to happen

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Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin is now a problem entirely of the Kremlin's making.

His business empire has grown and expanded over the past decade, attaining an ever more violent and dangerous character, from cooking to comms to trolls to mercenaries.

Prigozhin's rhetoric over the past weeks against Russia's top military brass has grown ever more virulent and dangerous, and yet he has been allowed to continue unchecked.

Perhaps President Vladimir Putin was lulled into a false sense of security because he was never name-checked directly himself. If so, that would appear to have been a terrible oversight.

However, Prigozhin said: "Regarding the betrayal of the motherland, the president was deeply mistaken. We are patriots of our homeland."

He has had a long-running feud with the defence ministry in Moscow led by Sergei Shoigu, who he claimed had targeted his troops and ordered a rocket strike on Wagner's camps in Ukraine - killing "a huge number of our comrades".

Yevgeny Prigozhin is the bruising, villainous boss of the mercenary group, Wagner, whose forces captured the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut. On Telegram, he shares his thoughts about how the war in Ukraine is going - and slams Russia’s armed forces in a way no one else can get away with.

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He said the assault happened after he branded the country's military top brass "evil" and argued the Kremlin's rationale for invading Ukraine last February was based on lies.

This has been denied by Moscow, which has described the allegations as "untrue and an informational provocation".

The Wagner forces have played a crucial role in Russia's war in Ukraine, succeeding in taking the city where the bloodiest and longest battles have taken place, Bakhmut.

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