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.
Leonid Sergeev, Chief Executive Officer of Pulkovo Airport operator Northern Capital Gateway LLC, noted: “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.”
Jozsef Varadi, Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air Group, said: "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.”