Pulkovo Airport is the only international airport in the city of St. Petersburg, which serves as a hub for Rossiya Airlines and as a focus city for Nordavia. Modest in size and devoid of modern amenities, the airport is quite easy to get in and out of. Located about 12 miles from the south of St. Petersburg, this airport handled a total of 11.2 million passengers last year. Not so bad for the third busiest airport in whole of Russia, isn’t it?
From 1942 when its airfield was operated for the first time till now, the Pulkovo Airport has remained abreast of the times and continues to do so. Nearly 80 years on, the airport has undergone many changes both aesthetically and functionally, and has turned into a facility, which prepares itself to serve an increasing number of passengers every year. Since the days when operation of jet flights started until last year, the aircraft movement has been terrific here. With constant addition of new destinations to its route, the airport will surely ascend to the ranks of one of the premier air hubs of Russia in no time.
The Pulkovo Airport comprises of two terminals namely Pulkovo-1 and Pulkovo-2. While the former mostly handles domestic flights, the latter deals with passengers crossing international borders. Located further 1.5 miles out of the center of the city, Pulkovo-1 also handles a good number of international flights including flights from leading airlines flying to CIS countries, and a good number of chartered airplanes during summer. Built in 1953 and reconstructed in the year of 2003, the Pulkovo-2 flies airlines to international destinations.
Operated by Fraport, the airport is now under expansion with works on a new terminal, security gates, air bridges, and aircraft stands under way.
Airlines and Destinations
The destination list of the Pulkovo Airport consists of hubs such as London-Heathrow, Dubai, Seoul-Incheon, Vienna, Beijing-Capital Amsterdam, Oslo-Gardermoen, Istanbul-Atatürk, Geneva, Zurich and many more. In fact, more than 100 destinations are on the aerial route of this airport thanks to over 40 airlines ( including Lufthansa, British Airways, Swiss International Airlines) that fly flights on a regular basis to some of the important destinations the world over.