Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 1: Airports, Slots, Parking, & Planning

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Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 1: Airports, Slots, Parking, & Planning

This is a post by author Dmitry Konovalov. Dmitry is general director for  Universal Aviation Russia – Khabarovsk, based in Khabarovsk (UHHH), which provides 24/7 coordination of flight permits and ground handling services throughout Russia including supervision services at all Moscow airports. Dmitry is an expert on business aircraft operations in Russia and can be contacted at

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to the 2018 Russia World Cup.

Russian World Cup will take place at 11 different cities across the country, from June 14 through July 15. This sporting event is expected to draw three million attendees, ensuring increased congestion at the various host airports. General aviation (GA) operators should be prepared for service limitations – from scarce parking and crew accommodations to assorted permit, visa and NOTAM considerations.

The following is an overview of what you need to know:

1. Host airports

There are 11 host cities designated for the 2018 Russian World Cup games. Each has at least one primary airport of entry (AOE) available to GA. Due to increased movements and ground congestion at these locations airport slots and parking will be more challenging to obtain during the World Cup period.

2. Airport slot overview

Airports for all World Cup host cities will require slots and have limited GA parking options available. Note that parking in Russia depends on airport slot approval.

3. Slot considerations

Latest info on airport slot requirements is below:

4. Obtaining slots

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) usually requires that slot requests be submitted at least 30 days prior to commencement of the World Cup. Authorities are requesting that operators submit the airport slot requests as soon as the schedule is known. However, actual slot confirmation will not be known until approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the commencement of the event. In some cases slot approvals may only materialize days prior to the beginning of World Cup period. Slot deviation is normally +/- 30 minutes or, in the case of longer flight legs over three hours, +/- 45 minutes. Penalties are expected to be applied for non-adherence to approved slots, will be advised by NOTAM. At present the slot penalty details have not yet been published.

5. Aircraft parking

For all travel to the World Cup host airports, GA parking confirmations will depend solely on slot approval. Parking, in most cases, will be limited to a maximum of two hours on the ground. You’ll then need to reposition to an alternate airport for overnight parking. Due to tight drop and go windows it’s recommended that operators avoid uplifting fuel and catering during drop and goes as this could cause flight delays and missing an approved departure slot.

6. Monitor NOTAMs

It’s important to monitor NOTAMs for each host city an operator intends to travel to during the World Cup. These will outline the various requirements and restrictions for each airfield. Authorities plan to publish NOTAMs 3-6 month prior to the opening event.

7. Additional Reading: Operating Requirements

Note: Links will be updated as articles are published.


To ensure best possible options during the Russian World Cup period begin trip planning early. Airport slots and aircraft parking should be requested in advance, though the confirmation won’t be known until close to the commencement of the event. Also, as parking at primary airports will likely be restricted, alternate parking should be made in advance.

Later we will discuss landing permits, cabotage, and visas when operating to the 2018 Russia World Cup.


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