If the St. Petersburg airport is granted the fifth freedom of the air, it will be able to offer more comfortable conditions for foreign airlines.
St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport intends to compete with European airports for transit flights from North America, Middle East and Central and Southeast Asia, reports TASS quoting the airport operator.
If the St. Petersburg airport is granted the fifth freedom of the air, it will offer more comfortable conditions for the flights made by foreign airlines. It will also become possible to launch long-distance flights to new destinations. At present, airlines choose European airports for transit flights.
The fifth freedom of the air will allow airlines to carry passengers and cargo between the country of registry and a third country with a transit landing in Pulkovo. This means that the passengers who do not need to fly to the final destination can disembark and change for a domestic flight via Pulkovo. This is expected to help increase domestic air passenger traffic.
Such passengers could also benefit from the stopover programme – if the interval between the two flights exceeds 24 hours they will be able to leave the airport and stop at a hotel and enjoy the city.