More than 30 airplanes traveling to Moscow on Monday morning were forced to land in Nizhny Novgorod, about 400 kilometers east of the capital, due to foggy conditions around Moscow airports.
A total of 31 planes were forced to reroute, a spokesman for Nizhny Novgorod International Airport told Interfax. Twenty-nine of the planes were headed to Domodedovo Airport and one each to Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports.
The aircraft began landing at Nizhny Novgorod's airport, which serves as a backup for planes traveling to the Moscow area that cannot land in the capital, just before 8 a.m. Monday.
As weather conditions began improving around Moscow's airports around noon, the planes began taking off for Moscow, Interfax reported.