Flights to some of these countries were never offered from St. Petersburg before.
St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport has revealed the destinations that foreign airlines will be able to serve from St. Petersburg using the Open Skies regime. According to TASS, the list containing 33 countries has already been submitted to the RF Ministry of Transport and is to be approved by December 1.
There are 32 European countries on the list: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, France, and Estonia.
The only country outside Europe on the list is Israel.
In case Pulkovo is granted the so-called seventh freedom of the air, it will become the first airport in Russia from which foreign airline will be able to make flights without landing in the country of registry. This is expected to attract low-cost airlines to St. Petersburg and as a result to increase air passenger traffic via Pulkovo by 6 million people annually.
So far such major low-cost airlines as Ryanair, EasyJet and WizzAir have applied to fly from Pulkovo under the Open Skies regime.