At this time the specific procedures for obtaining slots is not known. However, authorities have advised that slot confirmations won’t be known until approximately two to three weeks or even just days prior to the beginning of the World Cup. Note that CAA requires that airport slot requests be sent at least 30 days prior to the operation of the flight. Note that airport slots may differ from the operator’s request. It’s recommended that operators adhere to the approved slot times and avoid revisions that may lead to slot reconfirmation issues.
Airport slot penalty information
However, at certain airports if you don’t meet your slots, your downline approved slots may be cancelled. It is expected that the penalty information will be advised via NOTAM.
Delays for holding for arrival or departure due to congestion should not affect operators.
Aircraft parking information
Aircraft parking will depend solely on slot approval. According to current NOTAMs, in most cases parking will be permitted between 40 minutes and up to a maximum of two hours on the ground. The amount of ground time will depend on the number of passengers onboard. Operators will likely need to reposition to an alternate airport for parking purposes. Also, it’s recommended you avoid obtaining services such catering that may delay your flight and miss the approved departure slot.
Airport and airspace restrictions
At this time it is unknown what airport or airspace restrictions will be implemented for the World Cup.
It’s recommended that you monitor NOTAMs for each of the host cities as they will outline requirements and restrictions for each airfield.
Vnukovo (UUWW) airport has a restriction that was put in place in 2010 and is still enforced today. Specifically, UUWW imposes restrictions on all ferry flights departing from UUWW to other Moscow airports (UUBB, UUMO, UUDD, UUEE, UUMU), Baltic states (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia), Ukraine, and Belarus between 0400 and 2100 UTC daily. If a ferry flight departs within the restricted period there will be a charge of 2000 Euros. The same charges are applicable if a crewmember is declared as a passenger in attempt to avoid the charge. The mentioned restrictions are not applicable for RA-xxx, LY-xxx, YL-xxx, ES- xxx, UR-xxx, EW-xxx registrations.
Additionally, a NOTAM has been issued that places specific routing requirements for aircraft traveling from specific airports with ICAOs LP++, LE++, LF++, ED++, and EP++ to UUWW or UUDD.