Moscow: Russia`s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has harshly reprimanded officials over a logjam at Moscow airports and banned all Cabinet ministers from taking leave for the New Year holiday, saying they need to be available in the event of further problems.
Putin told a Cabinet meeting Wednesday that those in charge of operations at Moscow airport should "stop whining and start working."
Icy rains over the weekend covered runways and planes with a thick layer of ice and caused a blackout at the capital`s largest airport, Domodedovo, which halted all flights for a day. Domodedovo resumed operations Monday, but a backlog of delayed flights left thousands stranded.
The second-biggest airport, Sheremetyevo, also had dozens of flights canceled or delayed.
Putin said that top officials shouldn`t take their New Year vacation until further notice.