Having established operations at Milan Bergamo Airport in December 2015 Pobeda Airlines has added to its successful Moscow Vnukovo Airport service by launching direct flights to St. Petersburg from Italy’s third largest airport.
Launched 11 October, the low-cost carrier will operate a three times weekly link between Milan Bergamo and Russia’s second largest city, with the service poised to add an extra 27,000 seats to the Italian airport’s winter schedules.
Along with the new St. Petersburg route, Pobeda will also increase the number of flights it operates on its popular Moscow service. From the start of the winter season, commencing 28 October, the carrier will add an additional two weekly flights to its current daily schedule, adding a second daily rotation on Fridays and Sundays.
From 21 December, the airline will further commit to the marketing by adding an extra five weekly flights, resulting in a twice-daily service to the Russian capital.
SACBO director of commercial aviation, Giacomo Cattaneo said: “It is very encouraging to see that Pobeda has seen the greater potential of the Russian market from Milan Bergamo by adding this additional route to St. Petersburg, while further committing to the airport by increasing the frequency of its popular Moscow operation.”
Russia is Milan Bergamo’s eighth largest country market this winter, with over 370,000 passengers having flown with Pobeda since the LCC commenced operations from the airport three years ago. A subsidiary of Russian flag carrier Aeroflot, Pobeda was founded in 2014, and presently operates a fleet of 22 737-800s configured in a 189-seat layout.
Director of the Information Business Centre of St. Petersburg in Milan, Yaroslav Meshavkin, added: “The launching of this new aviation connection between Milan Bergamo and St. Petersburg demonstrates mutual business interest between one of the most European cities of Russia and the dynamic economy of Lombardia.”