Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport – The Full Soviet

Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport’s quirky old Terminal 1 is being phased out for the new Terminal 1, itself a twisting tale of the way things are done in post-Soviet Russia.

I experienced old Pulkovo 1 in October on a Rossiya flight to Kaliningrad. Up, down, under, around and back again. Packed platforms of activity feeding underground to satellite terminals with no restrooms. Now that’s an airport experience to savor, once, only once.

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Buzzing panorama

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Russian know how to wait

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Self service check-in is the only hope

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Lounging on the mid-levels

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Underground to the satellite gates

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Out to the satellite

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Up we go

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Satellite with bus gates

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Wrapped in one-way glass

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No dumping here

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  • Gene

    Been there…definitely the worst airport I have been to.

  • Oh, that brings back happy memories!