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A few kilometres outside the city centre, St Petersburg Airport offers an easy connection to the Russian cultural and business centre. The airport is also an ideal departure point to other cities in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). When flying on a private or business flight to St Petersburg, you’re not beholden to commercial airline schedules and long waiting times. When you fly with JetApp, your time is your own.
History of St Petersburg Airport
Construction of the airport began in 1931, when the city was named Leningrad. The city’s earlier name is reflected in the airport’s current code name: LED. The first regular connection was between Leningrad and Moscow with further domestic destinations added at the end of the 1930s. At that point, construction of the airport’s terminal building was halted by the Second World War and the airport sustained damage by occupying German troops in the nearby Pulkovo hills during the Siege of Leningrad. Civil aviation did not resume until 1948. The official opening of the terminal in 1951 marked the long-awaited completion of the airport’s construction.
The airport has served all Russian destinations as well as a growing number of international destinations since 1964. In 1973, a second terminal was opened and the airport was renamed for the neighbouring town of Pulkovo. Designed by architect Alexandr Zyk, the terminal is a masterpiece of Russian post-modernism.
St Petersburg’s Pulkovo International Airport was expanded by a new arrivals hall on the occasion of the city’s 300 year jubilee celebration. The 10L/28R runway was modernised in 2006. The airport’s Instrument Landing System (ILS) means that flights to St Petersburg are unhindered by adverse weather conditions.
Between 2010 to 2013, construction of a new terminal took place. This new terminal was built in order to make connections between domestic and international flights easier. Most recently, the old Pulkovo-1 building reopened after renovation in 2015.
St Petersburg LED Airport Location
Pulkovo Airport is located 20 kilometres outside the city centre. For a number of years, modern office complexes and shopping centres have been built in the vicinity of the airport. The centre of St Petersburg is easy to reach from the airport thanks to the large motorway that encircles the city.
Distance from St Petersburg Airport to:
- Nevsky Prospect shopping district: approx. 22 kilometres by car
- Hermitage: approx. 23 kilometres by car
- St Isaac’s Cathedral: approx. 21 kilometres by car
- Peter and Paul Fortress: approx. 33 kilometres by car
- Mariinsky Theatre: approx. 23 kilometres by car
Charter Flights from St Petersburg
Russia’s third busiest airport is located in a business, science, and cultural centre of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Additionally, St Peterburg’s proximity to Central Europe, and especially to the Baltic States, make it a popular departure and arrival point for private flights.
Passengers travelling by private jet to St Petersburg are unencumbered by the stringent rules that apply to commercial flights, which greatly shorten the amount of time spent waiting for take-off, and – above all – waiting in queues at check-in. Most charter flights from St Petersburg Airport take off to destinations in nearby Baltic and northern European countries:
- St Petersburg ✈ Helsinki (EFHK/HEL): approx. 50 minutes
- St Petersburg ✈ Vilnius (EYVI/VNO): approx. 1 hour 15 minutes
- St Petersburg ✈ Tallinn (EETN/TLL): approx. 50 minutes
- St Petersburg ✈ Oslo Gardermoen (ENGM / OSL): approx. 1 hour 45 minutes
- St Petersburg ✈ Nice (LFMN / NCE): approx. 3 hours 17 minutes
A flight to Helsinki or Tallinn takes less than an hour whereas Vilnius and Oslo are each under the two hour mark. For a little longer flight of three and a quarter hours from Neva Bay, the payoff increases correspondingly as you land on the beautiful Côte d’Azur.
St Petersburg Airport’s runways are suited for both short distance jets as well as long haul aircraft. St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport is the only airport in Russia where the double-decker Airbus A380 "superjumbo" jet is cleared to land.
The runways at LED Airport, which are both operated according a weather independent Instrument Landing System, have the following specifications:
|Runway||Length and width||Surface|
|10R/28L||3,780 m x 60 m||Concrete|
|10L/28R||3,397 m x 60 m||Concrete|
Services for Charter Flights to and from St Petersburg
Passengers of private jets in St Petersburg departing from the main terminal can relax in a generous VIP lounge, accessible via a separate entrance. Services offered include reception from your private car upon arrival and independent check-in for your flight as well as personal transport to your aircraft by luxury car. Arriving passengers are similarly welcomed at the aircraft, accompanied to their transfer vehicle, and are soon on their way into the city. Preparation for domestic flights is exclusively undertaken in the lounge and lasts less than 10 minutes. But for those requiring facilities at the airport, the lounge offers meeting rooms, VIP rooms, as well as a children’s area.
In addition to a boutique in the VIP lounge, amenities in the greater terminal include a plethora of shops offering premium cosmetics and luxury goods. While awaiting their private jet charter in St Petersburg, guests can enjoy the culinary creations of Ivan Berezutsky, one of St Petersburg’s top young chefs, at the lounge’s PMI Sky Bar.
Business passengers travelling onward via international or domestic commercial airlines can make advanced reservations to make use of the Business Lounge, with quiet zones for working or relaxing. Refreshments are also available.
Many private jets at Pulkovo Airport are served by various FBOs, including the Center for Business Aviation Pulkovo-3, where every need is attended to to prepare for a swift and comfortable arrival or take-off.
Transfers from St Petersburg LED Airport
The airport is 20 kilometres from the city centre, reached by car in about half an hour. Upon disembarking your St Petersburg flight, you can be driven by limousine to the centre via Pulkovo Highway, which turns into Moscovsky Prospect – a quick connection into the city. The ring road KAD, completed in 2007, can take you more directly to locations in the north quarter of the city, avoiding any congestion in the city itself.
Private Jet to St Petersburg: Discover the City of the Tsars
St Petersburg lies in northwest Russia on the Gulf of Finland. The Neva River flows through the city and empties into Neva Bay. The number of islands in the river’s delta has led to the city’s nickname: "Venice of the North." The old town is rich in architectural treasures and belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cityscape of the former Tsar’s residence is dominated by Baroque and Neoclassical buildings, including over 2,000 palaces and other royal-purposed structures.
Above all, Nevsky Prospect is home to a vast number of well-preserved historical buildings and is also the main shopping street in the city. Following Moscow’s GUM, St Petersburg boasts the second largest shopping mall in Russia – Gostiny Dvor – which is also located on the street. St Petersburg’s attractions are numerous. Of particular interest are St Issac’s Cathedral and the Peter and Paul Fortress. St Petersburg is also home to countless museums, none more famous or important than the Winter Palace. The palace’s incredible and vast collections spanning 120 rooms across six buildings is in itself worth a flight to St Petersburg. For music and theatre lovers, the Mariinsky is revered around the world.
Modern day St Petersburg is also an important business centre which is home to numerous Russian companies as well as offices representing a wide spectrum of international businesses.
- Airport code: ULLI / LED
- Altitude: 24 m (79 ft) above MSL
- Passengers per year: 13,211,371
- Aircraft types: all common aircraft and weight classes
- Runway operating hours: 24/7
- Runways: 2 (3,780 m; 3,397 m)
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