Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport deploys measures to prevent coronavirus

Northern Capital Gateway (NCG), the operator of Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport (Russia), is implementing a set of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection.

An emergency response centre has been established at St. Petersburg airport for joint work with airlines, state control bodies, local authorities and the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) on coronavirus matters.

All aircraft arriving at Pulkovo from regions with an unfavourable epidemiological situation are subject to disinfection.

The frequency and thoroughness of cleaning is being intensified in all Pulkovo Airport premises including elevators, check-in counters, information desks, inspection areas, offices and staff break rooms. Antiviral agents are being used for disinfection. Steps and passenger buses are disinfected regularly.

The air in the terminal is being purified using disinfecting units installed in areas designated for passengers. Air recirculators are operating in lavatory rooms in the international arrivals hall. An unscheduled inspection of the airport ventilation system has been made.

The Pulkovo Airport staff has been informed about preventive measures against spreading the coronavirus infection and the need to use personal protection equipment. The airport staff is equipped with protective masks, gloves, antiseptic wipes and gels.

In case of feeling unwell, passengers, visitors and staff of Pulkovo Airport may go to the first-aid station. The first-aid station is located on the second floor of the passenger terminal and operates 24/7.

As a part of the measures to counteract the spread of the coronavirus infection, NCG has limited the number of public events for the staff, switched corporate communication to electronic and telephone format, cancelled business trips to countries with an unfavourable epidemiological situation and limited the number of international and regional business trips.

Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport is the fourth airport in Russia in terms of passenger traffic. In January 2020, St. Petersburg Airport welcomed 1.3 million passengers, which is 8% more than in January 2019. In 2020, Pulkovo became the winner of the national ‘Air Gates of Russia’ award, according to the passengers’ and airlines’ votes. Airports Council International ranked St. Petersburg airport the Best Airport in Europe (15-25 million passengers per year) in the Airport Service Quality ranking for 2019. Since 2010, Northern Capital Gateway LLC has been the main operator of Pulkovo, implementing the airport reconstruction and development project under a public-private partnership agreement with the city of St. Petersburg.