Wizz Air adds 5 new routes from St Petersburg as Russian airport gets second A320

Wizz Air reveals 5 new routes from St Petersburg as Russian airport to get second A320 (2)

Wizz Air revealed on 14 July five new routes from St Petersburg under the airport’s 7th freedom agreement. None of these five will have direct competition, and only will see indirect competition.

These new routes are enabled by Wizz Air basing a second A320 at the Russian airport from this December.

With this announcement, Wizz Air will serve 16 destinations from St Petersburg.

Routing Start date Weekly frequency Direct competition Indirect competition
Bologna 17 December 2 None None
Catania 30 March 2 None None
Milan Bergamo 14 December 7 None Rossiya: Milan Malpensa (9)
Turin 19 December 1 None None
Venice Treviso 14 December 3 None None
Source: airline websites. Under the 7th freedom traffic rights, neither Milan nor Rome can be operated from St Petersburg.  Bergamo does not come under Milan for this purpose.

Ups and downs

All but Bologna have previously been served from St Petersburg since 2010:

  • Catania has been operated by four carriers: Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise/Rossiya (until 2010); Wind Jet (2010-2012); Air One (2013-2014), and, latterly, Alitalia (2017-2019)
  • Milan Bergamo by Wind Jet (2010-2012) and Pobeda (2018-2019)
  • S7 operated Turin in 2017 and 2018
  • Venice by Air One (2012-2014) and Alitalia (2017-2018)

Leonid Sergeev, CEO of St Northern Capital Gateway, operator of Pulkovo Airport, said: “We are happy that Wizz Air strengthens its positions in St. Petersburg. The airline will add 5 new cities to the route network from Pulkovo. This will undoubtedly make travel from St. Petersburg even more affordable and comfortable. All of the announced Italian cities will be new for the schedule of the Pulkovo Airport.”

Russia – Italy had almost 4 million seats last year

Just 4 million seats were available between Russia and Italy last year, up by a modest 3% YOY – but up by 46% over 2017.  This growth since 2017 was mainly from Pobeda (+476,000 seats in 2019 versus 2017), its parent Aeroflot (+427,000), and S7 (+248,000).

St Petersburg’s share of Italy seats, however, has been small – and declining as other airports grew faster.  In 2010, they totalled 216,000 and 16%; last year, 460,000 and 12%. Wizz Air’s new routes will therefore assist in its forward push.

Moscow SVO to Rome Fiumicino (791,000 seats), Milan Malpensa (582,000), Venice (230,000), and Bologna (227,000), together with Moscow VKO to Milan Bergamo (204,000), were the top-five routes between the two countries last year.

Wizz Air reveals 5 new routes from St Petersburg as Russian airport to get second A320

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.



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