Smartavia expands its presence at Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport

On April 10, 2019, Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport welcomed the first Boeing 737-800NG of Smartavia, the new Nordavia brand. The aircraft operated the first commercial flight from the northern Russian city of Arkhangelsk to St. Petersburg.

“The airline has been a reliable partner of the St. Petersburg airport for many years. We are pleased to welcome the first Boeing 737-800NG aircraft in new brand livery of Smartavia at Pulkovo. In the summer season, the carrier will operate flights from St. Petersburg to 18 Russian and foreign destinations. I am sure that passengers will appreciate the new brand, the comfort of the new aircraft and the great opportunity to travel with Smartavia on both direct and transfer flights through Pulkovo.”

Vladimir Yakushev, CEO of Pulkovo International Airport operator Northern Capital Gateway LLC

“We continue to update the fleet with even more modern aircraft. By mid-summer, the airline will receive seven Boeing airplanes, which will make it possible for us to move further in turning the airline into a modern efficient long-distance carrier.”

Sergey Savostin, CEO of Smartavia

“The reason we choose St. Petersburg airport for our presentation is that Pulkovo is one of the base airports for the route network of Smartavia. As for new foreign destinations, in the summer season we plan to launch flights from St. Petersburg to Armenia and Azerbaijan. In addition, we will increase the frequency of flights from Pulkovo to the Georgian touristic cities of Tbilisi and Batumi. In the summer season Smartavia will launch flights from Pulkovo to the Russian cities of Rostov-on-Don and Ufa.”

Svetlana Rodionova, CCO of Smartavia

Pulkovo welcomed Smartavia aircraft by a traditional water arch on the ramp. The Boeing 737-800NG Smartavia aircraft is designed to carry 189 passengers in a full-economy class configuration.

The route network of the airline in the summer of 2019 includes 18 destinations at St. Petersburg airport. Among them: the Russian cities of Anapa, Arkhangelsk, Voronezh, Kazan, Murmansk, Naryan-Mar, Samara, Simferopol, Sochi, Syktyvkar, Chelyabinsk, as well as foreign cities: Batumi, Tbilisi (Georgia), and Rimini (Italy, charter). In the current summer season, Smartavia will launch four new destinations at Pulkovo: Rostov-on-Don, Ufa, Baku (Azerbaijan), and Yerevan (Armenia). Additionally, the airline will increase the frequency of flights to the following existing destinations: Anapa, Samara, Sochi, Batumi, Tbilisi.

In 2018, Smartavia was among the top ten largest airlines in terms of passenger traffic at Pulkovo Airport, serving 648 thousand people, which is 35.1% more than in the same period of 2017. In the first quarter of 2019, Smartavia served 165 thousand people at Pulkovo, which represents a 48.7% increase compared with the same period in 2018. In addition to direct flights to Pulkovo, the airline offers passengers many transfer options with convenient connections at St. Petersburg airport.

In March 2019, Nordavia announced the transition to using the new name Smartavia as part of the rebranding. Smartavia is registered in Arkhangelsk and uses Pulkovo as the base airport in addition to the airport of the capital of Pomorie.

About Smartavia

“Nordavia JSC — regional airlines” or “Nordavia” operates scheduled and charter flights under the brand name Smartavia and code 5N at more than 50 Russian and foreign airports. The company occupies a leading position on the market of passenger air transportation in the North-West of Russia.

The airline’s fleet includes 12 Boeing 737-500, −700 and −800 that meet the highest technical requirements and international safety standards.

In 2009, the airline received the IOSA certificate (IATA — Operational Safety Audit) as an international certificate of safety and quality of rendered services. In 2017, the airline successfully passed another IOSA recertification audit, having confirmed the safe status of the carrier. In 2018, the complex safety indicator of flights was 99.98%. The SAFA coefficient is 0.67.

In 2018, the airline carried 1 million 190 thousand passengers.

The main airline shareholder is the Russian company Sky Invest.