Charter programs from St. Petersburg reduced by 40%
The commercial director of "Northern Capital Gateway" (VVSS controls "Pulkovo") Eugene Ilyin said to reporters on Friday, that in the coming autumn-winter season the frequency of flights to Frankfurt, Stockholm, Berlin, Vienna, Dusseldorf, Munich is reduced. "For 8 months of 2015, the number of charter programs from St. Petersburg was reduced by 40%," Eugene Ilin said. The greatest decline in charter traffic of Pulkovo recorded in Greece, Tunisia, Bulgaria, and Thailand. Commenting on the trend of passenger traffic, Eugene Ilin said that for 2015, VVSS management expects a decline in passenger traffic to 13.5 million compared to the year 2014, when it served 14,260,000 passengers. "2015 is the first in five years, when we see falling passenger traffic," he added. Eugene Ilin noted that as of 24 September this year, Pulkovo has served 6,122,000 passengers on domestic routes, and 4,471,000 people on international. He also noted that since the beginning of 2015, the following airlines as Air Malta, Icelandair, Air Armenia, UTair Ukraine, Air One, East Air, TAP Portugal, Air Berlin, Germanwings, El Al, Bluebird Airways completely stopped flights to St. Petersburg. At the same time, in the coming season, the frequency of international flights from Pulkovo to Minsk and Chisinau will be increased. New international destinations from Pulkovo in autumn-winter season 2015-2016, which were absent a year ago, are Vilnius, Tbilisi and Urumqi.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.