Latvian airline becomes number one in the Estonian capital

Even though Estonia has its own national carrier, Nordica, the Latvian airline, AirBaltic, has become the number one airline carrying passengers to and from the Tallinn Airport.

In February 2019, AirBaltic carried over 35,000 passengers to and from the Tallinn Airport, more than any other airline. The airline has reached the market share of 19%, improving its standing by four percentage points compared with February 2018.

“We are fully committed to the Estonian market and we will offer the largest seat capacity among all airlines from Tallinn Airport this summer,” Martin Gauss, the CEO of AirBaltic, said in a statement. “We see very strong demand from the Estonian market and we are here to provide the best connectivity to and from Tallinn.”

AirBaltic offers directs flights to Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna, Vilnius and Riga from Tallinn. In early June, the airline will launch a direct flight from Tallinn to Malaga, Spain.

Estonia does have its own flag carrier, Nordica, that was established in 2015 when the Estonian government let the country’s previous flag carrier, Estonian Air, to go bankrupt. The airline currently has 19 aircraft, ten of which are the Bombardier CRJ900, of which five are operated for LOT Polish Airlines.

The airline also has two Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and seven ATR 72-600 planes. Four of these seven ATRs are operated for Scandinavian Airlines.

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Sten Hankewitz is a lifelong journalist and Deputy Editor at Estonian World. Having lived in Estonia, Spain, the UK and all around the US, he now resides in Chicago, IL. He loves to write and besides working at Estonian World and doing some occasional blogging, he writes books and contributes to other outlets in Estonia, Israel and elsewhere. He has strong convictions and he shows them unashamedly. You can follow him on Twitter, like his page on Facebook or check out his personal blog. You can write to Sten at sten@estonianworld.com.