Wizz Air has announced its first Russian base in St Petersburg, representing the 32nd base in the airline’s network.

    Along with the establishment of the new base, the low-cost airline will be launching flights to five countries from Saint Petersburg from 18 September to: Salzburg (Austria), Oslo (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark), Stockholm Skavsta (Sweden) and Malta.

    From September, an Airbus A320 aircraft will be stationed at Pulkovo Airport to support these new routes.  

    CEO of Wizz Air Group, József Váradi, said: Today’s announcement underlines Wizz Air’s commitment to create more and more low-fare travel opportunities for Russian travellers.

    “The 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.”

    CEO of Pulkovo Airport operator Northern Capital Gateway LLC, Leonid Sergeev, commented: “We are delighted that WizzAir 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, WizzAir’s new flights will be in high demand both among Russian and foreign travellers.”

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