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Nordica sees 16% fewer passengers in Q1

The Estonian carrier, which also operates routes for SAS via its subsidiary Regional Jet, says the drop was expected.

Estonia’s national airline Nordica transported more than 102,000 passengers on its routes to and from the capital Tallinn in the first quarter of 2019.

This is 16% down on the same period last year, but the company says it is in line with its plans.

The decrease in the number of passengers is linked to the closure of unprofitable routes at the end of 2018 and the start of this year.

In total, Nordica operated more than 2,000 flights from TLL in the first three months of 2019, representing 22% fewer flights than in the same period last year.

However, more than 98% of all flights were operated – an improvement on 2018 – and there was a marked increase in the proportion of flights operating on schedule, with more than 83% of all of the carrier’s flights taking off within 15 minutes of the scheduled departure time.

SAS flights
The consolidated Nordic Aviation Group, which also operates routes for SAS via its subsidiary Regional Jet, maintains a strategic partnership with LOT Polish Airlines and provides charter flight services, operated almost 7,500 flights in Q1 2019, close to 6% more than in the same period last year.

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