Russia Downturn Prompts Service Reduction

BALTIMORE, MD – MetroAir will be reducing direct service frequency between Baltimore and Moscow, effective November 16. Due to a weakened Ruble and a lagging Russian economy, load factors on flights between Baltimore and Moscow have been reported to be extremely low, sometimes below 50 percent. Sanctions imposed on Russia have a caused a significant drop in both business and leisure travel demand.

Service will be reduced to 4 times weekly, but will still be operated by an Airbus A330-200.

“We have been very concerned about the viability of our Moscow route since the difficulties in Russia began earlier this year,” MetroAir COO William Hogarth said, “We have seen a massive slump in demand to Russia, and you’ll notice we’re the only airline hurting right now.”

The announcement comes in the wake of the closure of Russia’s second largest air carrier, Transaero.

Hogarth continued, “We have made the difficult decision to reduce service after we have tried for several months to maintain the routes viability.”

MetroAir will reduce flights between Baltimore-Washington and Moscow-Domodedovo to just 4 times weekly, effective November 16.