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Nordica stops flying under own colours

As of October 26, Nordica will hand over ticket sales to LOT and only operate flights for the foreseeable future.

Estonia’s national carrier Nordica and LOT Polish Airlines have signed a renewed cooperation agreement under which LOT will take over the management of ticket sales and customer service and Nordica will focus solely on operating flights.

As a result of the reorganization, Nordica said that five unprofitable routes will be suspended from the end of October until “an improvement in the competitive situation is seen”.

Flights will continue from Tallinn to Stockholm, Brussels and Warsaw, which will be serviced by LOT from July 1.

Kristi Ojakäär, a member of Nordica’s management board, stated, “Nordica has a duty to ensure the airline’s profitability and sustainability – this is what the ownership expects of us. Strong competition and oversupply of seats on Tallinn routes do not allow us to operate profitably, today. In order to maintain readiness and our ability to provide the necessary regional air connections to Estonia in the future, Nordica will continue to provide air services and LOT will deal with routes and ticket sales and will carry the commercial risk.”

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The company says that the total volume of Nordica’s flights and the number of crew members working for the airline will remain the same.

However, the changes will have an impact on passengers, especially those travelling from Tallinn to Trondheim, as no other airline will be able to serve this direct connection as of October 26.

Other Nordica destinations will be served by LOT, SAS, Wizz Air, Norwegian and AirBaltic after this date.

Ojakäär gave assurances that tickets to the routes that are to be closed can be purchased up until the end. Customers who have bought a ticket for flights after October 26 will be offered alternative flight options or cash refunds.

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