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New terminal at St Petersburg airport

Saint-Petersburg's Pulkovo airport opens a new terminal.

From February 26th, SAS is operating from this Terminal 1.

Here is the media release from the airport for more information:

The new terminal, which can handle up to 17 million passengers a year, will unite the impressive new terminal building and the existing Pulkovo 1 airport, which is currently awaiting reconstruction.

The new terminal complex covers an area of 150,000 square meters and consists of three levels, connected by 17 escalators, 45 elevators and numerous stairs.

The British architectural firm Grimshaw was given the task of developing a design for the St. Petersburg airport that reflects the spirit of the city and its architecture.

The architects have not neglected to include the defining features of St. Petersburg — its canals and bridges — reflecting them in the design of walkways and corridors within the new terminal.

The waiting room is impressively spacious and bright compared to the modest size of Pulkovo 1 and Pulkovo 2. It is well equipped, with 13,500 square meters of floor space given over to restaurants, cafes and, of course, shopping. Duty-free shops at the new terminal will offer a wider range of goods than is currently available at the airport, said a spokesman for Northern Capital Gateway, the international consortium that is overseeing the construction of the new terminal and is also its operator.

The company is particularly proud of the fully automated baggage system that can handle up to 4,800 pieces of luggage per hour and stretches five kilometers. The new terminal will be equipped with eight telescopic boarding tunnels. After the reconstruction of the Pulkovo 1 terminal planned for July of next year, their number will increase to 14. However, about one-third of passengers will be transported to their aircraft by bus.

Meanwhile, the new Pulkovo expects passengers to benefit from 110 passport control booths and 88 check-in desks.

The extended area of the new terminal will offer access to the four-star Radisson Park Inn hotel, which is due to open in December. The terminal is also equipped with a multi-level parking garage for 560 cars and long-term parking for 1,200 vehicles.

Pulkovo is the only international airport in the northwest of the country and is Russia's third-largest in terms of passenger traffic. Plans to acquire the status of an international transport interchange hub by 2025 means that the new facility could rival Moscow's leading airports. The airport's strategy involves attracting new airlines that will be able to serve a large range of scheduled flights from Japan, the U.S., Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

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