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    Russia's Transport Minister Igor Levitin on Saturday signed a decree ordering 30% independent energy supply for airports carrying more than one million passengers.

    Russia's Transport Minister Igor Levitin on Saturday signed a decree ordering 30% independent energy supply for airports carrying more than one million passengers.

    Thousands of passengers were stranded at Moscow airports following an ice storm that hit Central Russia last weekend. Hundreds of flights were canceled and delayed as severe freezing rain caused serious power outages.

    Some 20,000 passengers were affected by the weather. Numerous violations were reported in the airports, including failure to provide timely information about delays, as well as free hot meals.

    Levitin announced that the administration of the Moscow international airport of Domodedovo has dismissed one of the senior managers in charge of the organization of air transportations.

    A deputy head of Russia's flagship air carrier Aeroflot, Vladimir Smirnov, was fired following the flight chaos in the Russian capital's airports, an Aeroflot spokesman said earlier.

     

    NOVO-OGARYOVO, January 1 (RIA Novosti)

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