On December 20, 2017 in Smolny the meeting of the Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko with the CEO of Qatar Airways Mr. Akbar al Baker took place.
The airline launched daily passenger flights on the route Doha - Saint Petersburg. The first plane from Doha arrived to Pulkovo on December 19, 2017.
During the meeting, Georgy Poltavchenko noted that the opening of direct flights between St.-Petersburg and Doha opens up great opportunities for development of cooperation between our countries.
The Governor said today more than 70 international and Russian airlines operate at the Pulkovo airport, flights to 150 destinations are operated. The annual passenger flow is 15 million.
The parties also discussed possible cooperation in the field of airport infrastructure development and Qatar Airways participation in perspective investment projects of the city.
Mr. Akbar al-Baker stated the airline's readiness to invest in St. Petersburg, in particular, to create a five-star hotel in St. Petersburg. In addition, the Qatari side was offered to considerate the projects that are planned to be implemented in the area around the St. Petersburg airport.
G. S. Poltavchenko also expressed readiness to share with colleagues from Qatar experience in preparing and holding events of the world Cup, which is scheduled to be held in Doha in 2022.