SunExpress will launch scheduled service from Izmir (Turkey) to St. Petersburg (Russia) in the IATA Summer 2019. SunExpress will operate flights on modern Boeing 737-800 aircraft twice a week, from May 30 to September 30, 2019. The departure from Izmir to St. Petersburg will be on Thursdays and Sundays, with the return flights performed on Fridays and Mondays. Both the destination and the carrier will be new for Pulkovo St.Petersburg Airport.
Izmir will become the fourth summer destination in Turkey with direct air connection to St. Petersburg. In the IATA Summer 2018, Pulkovo Airport offered scheduled flights to Istanbul, Antalya, and Alanya with various charter service operated to Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and Istanbul as well.
Izmir is located in the western part of Turkey on the Aegean cost, and is the country’s third most populous city. Being a major international seaport, it is also renowned for its historic legacy starting from the Ancient times to the Ottoman rule, and remains one of the highly visited business and resort destinations in Turkey.
In 2017, more than 723,000 passengers took direct flights between St. Petersburg and Turkish cities, making Turkey one of the leading foreign markets in the route network of Pulkovo Airport.
For the nine months of 2018 alone, direct traffic between Pulkovo airport and points in Turkey grew by 23% year-on-year and amounted to 753,000 passengers.
In the IATA Winter 2018/2019, Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport offers scheduled flights to Istanbul and Antalya.