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Nordica subsidiary to fly Swedish route

The Estonian company has been enlisted to provide flights between Stockholm and Lapland.

A subsidiary of the Estonian flag carrier Nordica, Regional Jet, has won a contract to operate a Swedish domestic route, between Stockholm and both Gällivare and Arvidsjauri in northern Sweden, to start on September 15.

Regional Jet provides aviation services to its parent company and to a number of other clients, and it won this contract to provide flights on the Swedish domestic route.

The flights to the two small airports in question are state-subsidised air links and the newly signed procurement contract runs until October 2019.

Flights on the route came to an abrupt end in late May due to the bankruptcy of the domestic airline NextJet.

After that, the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration called for tenders under an expedited procedure, and the Estonian airline was awarded the contract. The route will be served by one of Nordica’s 88-90-seat CRJ900 aircraft.

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Toomas Uibo, marketing and communications director at Nordica – which recently posted a modest profit for the first time since its launch in 2016 – says the Estonian company has previous experience serving this route.

“Back in 2016, we were a subcontractor for NextJet on this route and so we have a good overview of the expense base of the service we’ll be providing. I would call this a very positive event for the Estonian airline and we are totally satisfied with the agreement that has been reached,” he said.

In its two-and-a-half years of activity, Nordica says it has become “a significant regional airline”, operating a fleet of 19 aircraft making it the biggest ever Estonian aviation company.

Nordica “successfully exports aviation services to Sweden, Denmark, Poland and the Netherlands and employs more than 450 aviation specialists both at home and abroad,” the company claims.

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