Construction of a business aviation center at Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg, Russia, missed its target for completion last month, but builder and operator JetPort told AIN that the FBO is nearly done and the facility will open this summer. Called Pulkovo-3, the facility sits on a 24-acre lot that includes apron and parking places for 20 business jets. The 43,000-sq-ft, two-story business aviation terminal will be able to serve up to 1,500 passengers daily, the company said.
JetPort is part of the same group of companies as VIPport, which claims its Vnukovo-3 business aviation facility at Moscow-Vnukovo airport is the largest and busiest in Europe. JetPort and VIPport are guided by a team of private investors associated with Vitaly Vantsev, who led Vnukovo since 2002. On March 13 he stepped down as chairman of Vnukovo’s executive board, leaving this position to Aleksander Yastrib, a top manager in the Bank of Moscow who is widely viewed as a Kremlin appointee.
In a precursor to Yastrib’s selection, early last year Vladimir Putin–then Russia’s prime minister and now the president–called for unification of Sheremetievo and Vnukovo Airports under a single command, meaning a Kremlin-appointed administration. The Russian government holds more than a 50-percent share in Vnukovo and 100 percent in Sheremetievo.
With these changes, Vantsev’s plans for expansion of the group’s business aviation activities could be revised. Currently, the company focuses on business jet handling and servicing at airports in Sochi, Krasnodar, Anapa and Genendzhik in the south of Russia.