Starting this month Pulkovo Airport will introduce the seventh-freedom rights regime for foreign airlines to fly to St. Petersburg. The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation approved a list of 30 countries.
“We are grateful for the tremendous support from the Government of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia, the Government of St. Petersburg and the VTB Group. Pulkovo Airport is the first airport in Russia that received the seventh-freedom rights regime for foreign airlines. Together with recently introduced e-visas and the possible flexible tariff management for handling in St. Petersburg flights abroad and to Moscow, this measure will contribute to Pulkovo Airport’s development strategy as an international aviation hub.” said Leonid Sergeev, Chief Executive Officer of Pulkovo Airport operator Northern Capital Gateway LLC.
“Now, having unique market conditions, new foreign airlines will be able to develop actively in St. Petersburg, and Russian carriers will have the opportunity to expand their regional route networks and increase the frequency of flights to the existing destinations from Pulkovo. I am confident that these measures will be a powerful impetus to increasing the transit and foreign traffic to St. Petersburg, enhancing the transport accessibility of the city and providing Pulkovo passengers with a wide range of direct flights to points within Russia and foreign countries,
“The development of tourism in St. Petersburg will ensure the export of tourism services to the international market, create new jobs and additional tax revenues to the budgets of all levels. The introduction of attractive conditions for carriers on the St. Petersburg aviation market is the logical continuation of the development of the country’s tourism industry.”
The seventh-freedom rights regime allows the airline to perform flights between two foreign countries while not offering service to the carrier’s own country.