St Petersburg Pulkovo (LED) airport

St Petersburg Pulkovo (LED) airport - Your perfect gateway to Russia


St Petersburg Pulkovo (LED) airport is the third busiest airport, after Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports, in Russia. This airport is twenty-three kilometers from the City center. You can access the airport using a car rental, taxi, or bus. If you choose to use a bus, take the City bus 39/39A or “marshutka” minibus K39 to take you straight to the airport. This airport’s code is LED. The airport is an employer of more than four thousand people.


NCG (Northern Capital Gateway) has been managing the airport since 2009. This is under a private-public partnership agreement that comprises three parties – the NCG, Pulkovo Airport Company, and the city of St. Petersburg. The private-public partnership was the maiden one in the country’s airport industry.


The participating companies in the “Northern Capital Gateway” are German Fraport AG, and Russian VTB Capital. The latter is a member of the state owned VTB Group. The former operates and manages the Frankfurt airport and a host of other international airports.



The construction of an aerodrome close to St. Petersburg began in January 1931. It was completed in June 1932. The first aircraft touched down the same day at around 1731 hrs. This was after two and a half hours flight from Moscow. The flight had mails and passengers on board. The aerodrome constructed was first given the name Shosseynaya Airport. The name was adopted from the Shosseynaya train station that is just next. Afterwards, the airport opened frequent flights to Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Pudozh, and Petrozavodsk.

In 1936, constructors laid out a foundation for constructing a new terminal. The construction of this terminal flourished between 1937 and 1941. Sometime in 1941, construction was suddenly put on hold. This was because of the Nazy’s Germany’s invasion of the then USSR. Between 1941 and 1944, no flights touched down or departed from this airport.

Fast forward, construction of a new terminal to increase the airport’s passenger capacity commenced in 2007. It was successfully completed which doubled the airport’s capacity.


This airport is remarkable in the sense that many airlines call it home. Some of these airlines are Air Baltic, Air Berlin, British Airways, Air Astana, Air Dolomiti, Air One, Air Onix, Air France and Austrian airlines. Others are Cypris airlines, East air, Donavia, and Finnair.


Throughout the years of operation, this airport has received an array of awards from different organizations.

Routes and Destinations

The airport hosts many aircrafts, which fly to vast destinations throughout the world. Some of the destinations are Tunis, Antalya, Amsterdam, Alicante, Berlin, Bukhara, Budapest, Bugulma and Catania. Others are Cheboksary, Eilat, Erevan, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Karshi, Kavala, Kazan and Kerkira.

Why Use This Airport

How to Check-In

Check-in start and end times vary by airline. Passengers are highly advised to always check and confirm with their airline for more information. Normally, check-in begins:

·         Two to three hours before the international flight scheduled departures

·         One to three hours before the domestic flights scheduled departures

Ensure you check-in at least forty minutes prior to your departure time. Moreover, passengers should be at the gate and ready to step into their plane at least twenty minutes before departure time. Customers that fail to complete their check-in time limits and miss the deadlines shall not travel on the desired flights. Change fees may apply.

Before proceeding to check-in, always make sure you have your valid passport, booking confirmation, air ticket and visa (if applicable). Additionally, your travel documents must always be in order prior to leaving the check-in counter.

For check-in:

·         You can do so online if your airline provides for the online platform

·         You can check in at the airport at the check-in counter or self-service kiosk

The bottom line is that you should always arrive at the airport in time before departure.

Baggage and Allowance

Specific airlines determine baggage allowances. Baggage allowance depends on factors such as government regulations, aircraft type, route, and an airline’s safety policies. Luggage allowance is also influenced by your class of travel, airline’s commercial policy, and fare paid.

The airlines here generally set a ‘free baggage allowance.’ It is normally expressed by ‘piece’ and ‘weight’. The airlines might allow and set rates for baggage that does not meet the laid down criteria (excess baggage).

Usually, travelers are advised to always check the baggage allowances with the airlines they are travelling with. This will go miles in avoiding complications and confusions at check-in. At this airport, you can always wrap up your backpacks, suitcases, carry-on luggage, and boxes in a tough plastic film that effectively protects your baggage throughout the journey.


When it comes to seating, it depends with the airline you are using. Always seek for information on seating from your airline.

Booking Fee

Just like seating, the booking fee also depends on your airline. It is always important to make an inquiry about the booking from your airline.


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 Airport Contact Details

St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport

ul. Pilotov 18/4,
196210 St Petersburg,

Tel:+7 (0)812 7043611
Fax:+7 (0)812 7042267


Pulkovo Airport JSC

 Location Details

Longitude:30° 18' 0'' E
Latitude:59° 48' 0'' N

 Airport Location

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