Pulkovo Restoration Project
Published: May 29, 2013 (Issue # 1761)
ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — The Pulkovo-2 Business Aviation Center in St. Petersburg will be transformed into a modern complex, with plans for the project announced by AviaGroup Nord. The major redevelopment of the 1950s-era airline terminal should be complete by November.
Due to the buildings’ protected historical status, redevelopment changes will be limited on the outside; However, there is more scope for interior changes, with some striking Soviet-era aviation-themed artwork being retained.
Currently the private terminal, located between commercial departures and arrivals, serves only domestic flights, but with the redevelopment, international flights will be possible. As well as departure and arrival halls, the building also hosts private meeting rooms, conference halls and a duty-free shop.
In 2011, St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport administration sold the old building to AviaGroup Nord and its partner Air Gates of the Northern Capital for almost $6.5 million. The restoration effort saw $22 million spent by December 2012, with the total investment set to reach $32 million when the work is complete.