St. Petersburg welcomed the first Germania aircraft with a traditional water canon salute on the ramp and travellers departing on the first flight were greeted at the check-in with candy and souvenirs. The very first passenger received a special set of gifts from the airport operator Northern Capital Gateway (NCG) and the airline. Cutting the cake were NCG CCO Evgeniy Ilyin and Claus Altenburg, Director Sales, Germania.
- Germania, on 26 April, launched direct flights between Dresden (DRS) and St. Petersburg (LED). The capital city of the state of Saxony became a new destination in the Russian airport’s route network and the seventh German city with direct scheduled service. The LCC operates the city pair twice-weekly with its 737-700 fleet, leaving from the German city on Thursdays and Sundays and the return flights departing Russia on Fridays and Mondays. In addition to Dresden, St. Petersburg offers direct connections to such German cities as Berlin (Schönefeld and Tegel airports by Rossiya Airlines and S7 Airlines respectively), Hamburg and Düsseldorf (by Rossiya), Munich (by Rossiya and Lufthansa), Frankfurt (by Lufthansa and Ural Airlines) and Cologne Bonn (Pobeda). There is no direct competition on this sector. See how St. Petersburg Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.