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“Pulkovo-1” airport closed for renovation


Starting tomorrow, another airline will make its flights from the new terminal instead of “Pulkovo-2”. The process kicked off on February 27th. On that day all international flights were moved from “Pulkovo-1”


The building was closed for renovation. It hasn’t begun yet, now construction workers are dismantling obsolete equipment. Alexander Burenin takes us down the “Pulkovo-1” memory lane.

The luggage belt is at a standstill. The old building is filled with silence – untypical for an airport. Workers are dismantling old structures without haste. Ads – inviting passengers to cafes, restaurants and duty-free shops – are still there. Meanwhile, designers are adding more masterstrokes to the projects. The terminal building was made operational in the middle of the 20th century – nowadays no-one builds like this. 

Alexander Burenin, reporter: “According to engineers, the main difficulty of this terminal is its multi-layer construction. I came down to the second floor, the 3rd is above me, here is the second-and-a-half, the 1st one is downstairs, and this one is the first-and-a-half. These inconveniences shall be removed after the renovation” 

When the silence is broken by the sound of the electric hammers, the workers will have to work fast. The facility must be completed by fall 2014. Engineers pledge that the building will meet all global standards.

Johan Herter, deputy director on development at the “Pulkovo” airport: “Behind me, where you now see airline offices, there will be a contact corridor and boarding bridges, which didn’t exist before. So this space will no longer be used by airlines. Our aim is to bring the glory – in the best meaning of this word – back to “Pulkovo-1” 

After renovation, the renewed building will merge with the newly-opened terminal. The state-of-the-art complex will be able to take 17 million passengers a year. Everything here will be new, except one thing – its famous façade.