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December 25, 2014 10:29 AM

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Moscow. The blizzard that hit the Moscow region Thursday morning has forced all local airports to declare they have to operate “on the basis of actual weather conditions” in their area, the Russian government agency responsible for overseeing the civil aviation industry, Rosaviatsiya, has told TASS.

“It is up to the crews of arriving planes to decide whether to make a landing at the original destination or to request landing elsewhere,” the agency’s spokesman said. All airports have taken extra measures to clear the taxiways and runways of snow and to treat aircraft with anti-icing agents.

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