ST. PETERSBURG, October 24. The airline Norwegian Air Shuttle has suspended its flights between Oslo and St. Petersburg, which served since 2006. On the eve of the Norwegian carrier has made the past on this direction, and with the beginning of the autumn-winter navigation on October 25 suspends the execution of these flights, said on 24 October, the press service of LLC “Northern capital gateway”.
“Regular direct flights between St. Petersburg and Oslo were carried out two times a week on Boeing 737-800 aircraft, – said the press Secretary of the St. Petersburg company Margarita Potekhina. – With the beginning of the autumn-winter season 2015-2016, the carrier suspends flights in the direction indicated”.
Specialists of the tourism industry explain the care of a Norwegian airline from St. Petersburg a fall in demand for tickets due to the weakening of the ruble, however, the data of the airport “Pulkovo” indicate that for 8 months of 2015, the passenger traffic between Oslo and St. Petersburg increased by 34%: if in January-August 2014 transported a total of 13.4 million passengers, over the same period 2015 – 18 thousand.
“Managing company of Pulkovo LLC “Northern Capital gateway” regrets the decision to suspend the flights and looked forward to the resumption of direct flights between St. Petersburg and Oslo during the spring – summer season 2016″, – emphasizes the Russian side.
Norwegian Air Shuttle is the second largest airline of Norway, who also is the third-largest low-cost airlines of Europe. The company performs flights to over 120 destinations in Europe, Africa and Asia.
In January-September 2015 in Pulkovo were 66 airlines commit flights to 150 destinations. Leaders among foreign carriers operating in the St. Petersburg airport, Lufthansa began, “Uzbekistan Airways” (Uzbekistan Airways), Belavia, Air France and “Ukraine International Airlines”. According to the press service of “Pulkovo” in total, these companies have moved from St. Petersburg and back more than 743 thousand persons or 6.9% of the total passenger traffic of the airport.