PULKOVO/ST PETERSBURG has announced a selection of new and extended services for its winter 2019/2020 schedule. The routes – some of which were initially launched earlier in the year – will be continued through the winter period for the first time.
Low-cost carrier Wizz Air will operate services between the Russian city and London/Luton, and China-based Lucky Air will provide a direct link to Kunming/Changshui. Meanwhile, two Russian carriers, S7 Airlines and Azimuth will continue flights through the winter season to Irkutsk and Elista respectively. Elsewhere, Russian airline Pobeda plans to launch new links from Pulkovo to Baku/Heydar Aliyev, Yerevan/Zvartnots, Kazan, Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don/Platov and Simferopol airports.
Other returning names include Air Serbia, Brussels Airlines and SAS Scandinavian Airlines, which will resume their traditional winter holiday flights. S7 Airlines will also recommence international leisure services to Salzburg and Innsbruck.
The boost in winter traffic follows a strong start to the year. From January to August 2019, the Russian hub served 13.2m passengers, 8.6% more than in the same period last year. Domestic traffic increased by 11.1% to eight million passengers. On international routes, traffic increased by 4.9% to 5.1 million passengers.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) defines the winter season as October 27 to March 28, 2020. (Photo Pulkovo Airport)