Pulkovo reports domestic growth in August; airberlin and Lufthansa add German flights

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Logo: Pulkovo airportTraffic at Pulkovo Airport Saint Petersburg grew by 175% between 2000 and 2008 and passed the seven million mark last year as passenger numbers grew by 15%. Traffic is split fairly equally between domestic traffic (3.3 million passengers in 2008) and international traffic (3.8 million). Pulkovo ranks fourth among Russian airports behind the three Moscow airports of Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo. However, the airport has still to reach the high levels of traffic achieved in 1990 when around 10 million passengers passed through the airport.

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Source: ICAO

So far in 2009 demand is down 10.0% in the first eight months but is still significantly above the traffic levels of 2007. Domestic traffic is down 9.2% to 2.08 million while international traffic is down 11.9% to 2.00 million. In August domestic traffic was actually up 2.7% while international traffic was still 10.1% below last year’s levels.

The leading airline at the airport is Rossiya, which currently has a 40% share of scheduled capacity and operates to over 50 destinations. The next biggest airlines at the airport are Aeroflot (59 weekly departures to Moscow Sheremetyevo), Lufthansa (flights to Dűsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich), S7 (four daily flights to Moscow Domodedovo) and UTair.

Chart: Seasonality
Source: ICAO

One in four passengers on Moscow route

According to Transport Clearing House data for June 2009 some 187,000 passengers were travelling to and from one of Moscow’s three airports, which represented over 25% of the airport’s traffic that month. In terms of scheduled capacity for October the three Moscow airports are the busiest routes followed by Kaliningrad.

Chart: Top 10
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 5 October 2009

Among international routes three of the top five routes are to Germany. Last year some 686,000 passengers were on flights to and from airports in that country. During the last year both airberlin and Lufthansa have begun daily services from Dűsseldorf.

Other new international routes started in the last 12 months include Estonian Air to Tallinn, Hainan Airlines to Beijing, Malev to Budapest and Rossiya to Dubai. During the summer there are many charter flights to Turkey with Antalya the most popular destination.

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Rossiya – recently much expanded by merger with Pulkovo Aviation – now dominates the airport.

46 airlines including LCCs

According to OAG data for October a total of 46 airlines operate scheduled services at the airport including low-cost carriers such as SkyExpress (based in Moscow), germanwings (to Cologne/Bonn), Norwegian (to Olso) and Wind Jet (to Forli).


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