The launch of Qatar Airways’ daily direct service to Russia’s cultural capital of St. Petersburg will provide more than 10 tonnes of belly hold cargo capacity per week to and from St. Petersburg on board the A320 aircraft, which serves this new route.
“Qatar Airways Cargo is delighted to be further expanding its import and export services in Russia. The launch of service to St. Petersburg has increased the overall belly hold cargo capacity to and from Russia, with more than 40 tonnes being transported each way per week,” the carrier said.
The first flight from Doha to St. Petersburg touched down at Pulkovo Airport on 19 December with Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker and a VIP delegation from Qatar on board which was officially welcomed to St. Petersburg by the city’s Governor, Georgy Poltavchenko.
Poltavchenko noted that the new route between Doha and St. Petersburg will serve to strengthen the business ties between Russia and Qatar, as well as opening up new opportunities for investment and partnership.
The launch of Qatar Airways’ daily direct service to St. Petersburg will increase the airline’s number of flights a week into the country to 28. Already operating to Moscow since 2003, Qatar Airways recently increased its service to the city from twice daily to three times daily to meet growing demand.