Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport to become the first Wizz Air base in Russia

In September 2020, Wizz Air, the European low-cost airline, will establish a new base at Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport, which will be the first carrier’s base in Russia and the 32nd in the world. Wizz Air will base one Airbus A320 aircraft at St. Petersburg airport. Along with the establishment of the new base, Wizz Air will launch 5 new services from the Northern capital of Russia to Salzburg (Austria), Oslo (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark), Stockholm Skavsta (Sweden) and Malta, starting from September 18, 2020. The flights will be operated under the seventh freedom traffic rights regime.


“We are delighted that Wizz Air strengthens its positions in St. Petersburg. Today, Pulkovo is the first airport in Russia, which offers foreign airlines unique market conditions. The complex of unprecedented measures includes 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. 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. Pulkovo is fully ready to serve international flights. I am confident that as soon as the situation in the world stabilizes, 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. Without a doubt, Wizz Air’s new flights will be in high demand both among Russian and foreign travelers.”

Leonid Sergeev, Chief Executive Officer of Pulkovo Airport operator Northern Capital Gateway LLC

“Today’s announcement underlines Wizz Air’s commitment to create more and more low-fare travel opportunities for Russian travelers. Memorable moment of announcing Wizz Air’s base at Pulkovo Airport, and allocating a state-of-the-art modern aircraft, emphasizes the importance of the Russian market for our operations. Wizz Air has a long-term strategic interest in the Russian market and we are looking forward to welcoming passengers on board our young and reliable fleet. By adding five new routes in Saint Petersburg and keeping ourselves to the highest standards of our sanitizing protocols, we are confident that Wizz Air’s ultra-low fares will make travel affordable to ever more passengers.”

József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air Group

New Wizz Air flights from St. Petersburg

Destination

Operating Days

Starts

Fares from

Salzburg

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

September 18, 2020

EUR 24.99

Oslo

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

September 19, 2020

EUR 24.99

Copenhagen

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

September 19, 2020

EUR 24.99

Stockholm Skavsta

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

September 19, 2020

EUR 24.99

Malta
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
September19, 2020EUR 29.99

Tickets for Wizz Air flights can be booked on wizzair.com or via the WIZZ mobile app at a price from 24.99 euros (one way, including all taxes and non-optional charges).

Previously, in January 2020, Wizz Air announced four new services under the seventh freedom traffic rights regime from Pulkovo Airport to Bratislava (Slovakia), Bucharest (Romania), Sofia (Bulgaria), and Vilnius (Lithuania).

In 2019, Wizz Air served over 111.1 thousand passengers at Pulkovo Airport, which is 59.4% more than in 2018. Before the suspension of the international services from Russia due to COVID-19 pandemic, the airline operated daily scheduled flights from St. Petersburg to Budapest (Hungary) and London Luton (the UK).

Pulkovo is the first and only airport in Russia, which introduced the seventh freedom traffic rights for foreign airlines. This regime is in force from January 1, 2020, and allows the airline to perform flights between two foreign countries while not offering service to the carrier’s own country. This regime is one of the important market conditions for the development of the low-cost carriers operating from different bases in foreign countries.

St. Petersburg is a world cultural capital and the second largest city in Russia. The city has repeatedly been named the best destination for cultural tourism by the prestigious World Travel Awards. From October 1, 2019, citizens of 53 countries can enter the Russian Federation via St. Petersburg using electronic visas. The visa application form must be accurately filled out in accordance with the passport in order to avoid errors and refusal to enter Russia.

About Wizz Air

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, operates a fleet of 122 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. A team of dedicated aviation professionals delivers superior service and very low fares, making Wizz Air the preferred choice of 40 million passengers in the financial year F20 ending 31 March 2020. Wizz Air is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker WIZZ. The company was recently named one of the world’s top ten safest airlines by airlineratings.com, the world’s only safety and product rating agency, and 2020 Airline of the Year by ATW, the most coveted honour an airline or individual can receive, recognizing individuals and organizations that have distinguished themselves through outstanding performance, innovation, and superior service.