Published on : Monday, June 22, 2020
European low-cost airline Wizz Air has decided to establish a new base at Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport in September 2020. This would be the airline’s first base in Russia and the 32nd in the world. In addition, the carrier has also decided to launch 5 new services from the Northern capital of Russia to Salzburg (Austria), Oslo (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark), Stockholm Skavsta (Sweden) and Malta, starting September 18. All the new flights will be operated under the seventh freedom traffic rights regime. Wizz Air has also informed that it will base one Airbus A320 aircraft at the St. Petersburg airport.
Jozsef Varadi, Chief Executive Officer, Wizz Air said in a press statement that the announcement highlights the carrier’s commitment to create more low-fare travel opportunities for Russian travelers. He shared that announcing Wizz Air’s base at Pulkovo Airport is a memorable moment. He said that the allocation of a state-of-the-art modern aircraft emphasizes the importance of the Russian market for the airline’s operations. He shared that Wizz Air has a long-term strategic interest in the Russian market and are looking forward to welcoming passengers on the young and reliable fleet. He always mentioned that the company is confident that by adding five new routes in Saint Petersburg and maintaining the highest standards of sanitizing protocols, Wizz Air’s ultra-low fares will make travel affordable to more passengers.
Leonid Sergeev, Chief Executive Officer, Pulkovo Airport operator Northern Capital Gateway LLC added that authorities at Pulkovo are delighted that Wizz Air decided to strengthen its position in St. Petersburg. He informed that Pulkovo is the first airport in Russia that offers unique market conditions to foreign airlines at present. He shared that the airport complex has undertaken unprecedented measures including the seventh freedom traffic rights regime, flexible tariff management and free e-visas for the tourists from 53 countries to visit St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region.
He further said that Wizz Air’s operational base at Pulkovo will create new opportunities for expansion of the carrier’s route network and increase the number of direct services between St. Petersburg and European cities. He shared that Pulkovo is fully ready to serve international flights and authorities are confident that the development of Wizz Air in St. Petersburg and the long-awaited launch of the new routes will stimulate tourist, business and cultural relationships between Russia and foreign countries as soon as the situation in the world gets better.