Estonian Air now serves the capital of neighbouring Latvia from its Tallinn base. Cutting the cake welcoming the airline to Riga Airport were Mati Vaarmann, Estonian Ambassador to Latvia; Aldis Mūrnieks, Member of the Board of Riga International Airport; and Tero Taskila, Estonian Air’s CEO.
Estonian Air’s Enn Lamp, Head of Sales and Distribution, and Sven Kukemelk, Business Analyst, explained the airline’s new network strategy during a press meeting at Vienna Airport as the airline launched six weekly flights from the Estonian capital. The airline’s mid-term plan is to increase the share of transfer traffic at Tallinn Airport to 30%, up from the current 2%.
- Estonian Air launched five routes out of its Tallinn (TLL) hub during the first two days of the summer scheduling season; four of which are to the neighbouring countries Finland and Latvia, and one which is to the more distant Austria. In Finland, the airline now serves the country capital Helsinki (HEL) 18 times weekly as of 26 March. The short 100-kilometre hop across the bay is operated with 33-seat Saab 340 aircraft in competition with Finnair’s 34 flights a week. The airline last operated the route in 2009. Estonian Air also began serving the Finnish regional airports Jyväskylä (JYV) in central Finland, which is served seven times weekly (daily on weekdays and twice on Sundays) with CRJ900s, and Joensuu (JOE) in the east of the country four times weekly with Saab 340s. The airline’s new flights to the capital of neighbouring Latvia – Riga (RIX) – are operated 17 times weekly with Saab 340s in competition with airBaltic’s 49 flights a week, while the new route to Austria’s capital Vienna (VIE), a distance of 1,370 kilometres, is operated six times weekly with CRJ900s. Frequencies will increase to daily on 5 May.