Milan Bergamo Airport is welcoming a new link to St. Petersburg from low-cost airline Pobeda.

The new service launched 11 October and will operate three times weekly between Milan Bergamo and the Russian city, with the service expected to add an extra 27,000 seats to the Italian airport’s winter schedules.

From the start of the winter season on 28 October, Pobeda will also increase the number of flights on its Moscow service, adding to its current daily schedule with a second rotation on Fridays and Sundays. From 21 December, the airline will further commit to the marketing by adding an extra five weekly flights, resulting in a twice-daily service to the Russian capital.

“It is very encouraging to see that Pobeda has seen the greater potential of the Russian market from Milan Bergamo by adding this additional route to St. Petersburg, while further committing to the airport by increasing the frequency of its popular Moscow operation,” said Giacomo Cattaneo, director of commercial aviation, SACBO (the managing company for Milan Bergamo Airport) adding: “Russia’s second largest city has strong links with this part of Italy.”

Russia is Milan Bergamo’s eighth largest country market this winter, with over 370,000 passengers having flown with Pobeda since the LCC commenced operations from the airport three years ago.

Director of the Information Business Centre of St. Petersburg in Milan, Yaroslav Meshavkin, commented: “The launching of this new aviation connection between Milan Bergamo and St. Petersburg demonstrates mutual business interest between one of the most European cities of Russia and the dynamic economy of Lombardia.

“The direct flight from St. Petersburg to Bergamo is a very fast and a comfortable way to get to Milan. Bus transfers from Bergamo Airport drive to the heart of the city and the trip takes around the same time as it does from other airports in Milan. It will be highly appreciated by business travellers as well as tourists.”

Caption: Commemorating Pobeda’s inaugural flight from Milan Bergamo to St. Petersburg are Emilio Bellingardi, general director of SACBO and Vadim Khmel, attaché of Russia’s console in Milan.

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