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Nordic flights important for Nordica

Nordica’s Stockholm route from Tallinn is one of Nordica’s busiest; now Tallinn-Copenhagen is set to launch.

Passenger numbers at Estonia’s national airline Nordica continued to grow in the first quarter, and the carrier says that the rate at which tickets are being bought for summer destinations promises further growth during the year ahead.

A total of 125,000 passengers flew Nordica in Q1 2018, almost 17% more than in the same period last year.

Stockholm was the second-most popular destination from the airline’s base in Tallinn, after Warsaw and before Munich.

As the summer season begins, three new destinations have been added to Nordica’s schedule, including year-round flights to Copenhagen, with 11 flights per week. Summer-only flights are launching to Constanţa in Romania and Ohrid in Macedonia.

Nordica currently accounts for 25% of the market share at Tallinn Airport, and it says that 80% of its flights departed within 15 minutes of schedule during the quarter, with 97% of all flights being operated.

“We’re heading into our third summer season with a sense of security,” said Jaan Tamm, chairman of the board.

“Given the number of tickets we’ve sold we’re forecasting continued growth in passenger numbers, and it’s clear that Estonian travellers want the guaranteed sunshine our summer destinations offer.”

Nordica’s partner network is expanding further – in addition to Lufthansa, the Estonian carrier now codeshares the Tallinn-Munich route with Croatian Airlines.

Dutch summer
Beyond Estonia, flights are being introduced from the Dutch city of Groningen to Ibiza and Nice this season, and Nordica also plans to increase its export services.

Nordica operates 19 aircraft, which it says makes it the biggest airline in Estonian history.

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