Competing directly with its neighbour’s flag carrier, airBaltic is already flying or about to fly to all three Scandinavian capitals.
Not content with launching new routes between Tallinn and all three Scandinavian capitals over the last 12 months, the Latvian national carrier airBaltic has now announced its 13th destination from the Estonian capital, to Salzburg.
The once-per-week winter-season flights to the Austrian city by the eastern Alps will start on December 21, using an Airbus A220-300 aircraft.
“For years, Salzburg has been among the most popular skiing destinations for Baltic travellers,” says Martin Gauss, the airline’s chief executive.
“As we introduce direct flights from Tallinn to Salzburg, we are strengthening our commitment to the local market and our positions as the market leader in Estonia. We are glad to see that we are now the number one choice among Estonian passengers.”
airBaltic vs. Nordica
From Tallinn, airBaltic offers direct flights to Oslo and Stockholm and in June starts a Tallinn-Copenhagen route.
It also connects the Estonian city with Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Paris, Vienna, Vilnius and Riga, and besides Copenhagen will launch new services from Tallinn to Malaga and Brussels in June, plus the Mediterranean islands of Kos and Menorca in summer.
Its intensifying presence in Tallinn puts it intentionally in direct competition with Nordica, already forcing the Estonian carrier out of a number of routes.
Nordica aims to relaunch seasonal routes to Constanța and Ohrid in 2019, while new direct routes from Tallinn this year include Wizz Air to Kutaisi in Georgia, Ryanair to Berlin, Edinburgh, Malta and Paphos and, from May, Belavia to Minsk.
In all, Nordica connects Tallinn with both Copenhagen and Stockholm, as well as Trondheim, Brussels, Kiev, Constanța, Nice, Odessa, Ohrid, Split, Vienna, Vilnius and Warsaw.