St Petersburg International Airport in Helsinki?

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Finland's Helsinki Airport can become the new international airport for Russia's "northern capital", St Petersburg, YLE News reports. A new high-speed rail link, Allegro, between Helsinki and St Petersburg will allow people from St Petersburg to reach Helsinki Airport faster than Moscow's three international airports. The new express train will shorten the route from St Petersburg to Helsinki to nearly three and a half hours. International traffic from St Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport is limited.

Antti Jaatinen, head of passenger traffic at Finland's railway operator, VR, said the number of passengers on the route between Helsinki and St Petersburg could reach around 700,000 per year in ten years. The Ring Rail Line will have a direct rail connection to Helsinki Airport. The line will go into operation in the middle of 2014. Rail passengers from St Petersburg can then change trains at Tikkurila, close to the airport. There are further plans to reroute trains from St Petersburg via the airport.

http://yle.fi/alueet/helsinki/2010/10/helsinki-vantaasta_pietarin_kansainvalinen_lentokentta_2062643.html

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