Riga-based airBaltic is mapping expansion in neighbouring Estonia, with plans for 12 routes from TLL in 2019, including Copenhagen.
Two new direct services from the Estonian capital Tallinn to Stockholm and Oslo were launched yesterday by the Latvian flag carrier airBaltic.
Intensifying its expansion in neighbouring Estonia, the airline is now basing two aircraft at Tallinn Airport, saying that the new routes to the Nordic capitals “offer convenient connections between Tallinn and the two cities”.
Chief Executive Martin Gauss is leading the charge for the Riga-based airline to become more pan-Baltic.
“We are strongly determined for further growth, and part of the airBaltic business plan is to strengthen our position as the leading Baltic airline,” he says.
“By operating 12 direct flights from Tallinn in 2019, we will significantly increase our presence in Estonia and continue to offer the best connectivity to our Estonian passengers.”
He adds, ambitiously: “Going forward, we plan to further increase the number of direct flights from all three Baltic capitals. Ultimately, we aim to connect Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius with one stop to almost any destination in the world.”
12% up in Tallinn
Tallinn-Stockholm launches with 12 flights per week, with the lowest one-way ticket prices starting at €22 in airBaltic’s “basic” class, €69 in “premium” and €379 in business.
Tallinn-Oslo has a comparatively small two flights weekly with fares the same as for Stockholm but €29 for basic.
airBaltic also currently operates direct flights from Tallinn to London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Vilnius and Riga.
For summer 2019, it is introducing three new destinations from Tallinn, to Malaga, Brussels and Copenhagen. In addition, it has so far announced a new route linking Riga and Stuttgart.
During first nine months of 2018, the airline carried over 330,000 passengers to and from Estonia, an increase of 12% year-on-year.
From all three Baltic capitals, it flies to over 70 destinations on a fleet of 36 aircraft – 13 Airbus A220-300s, 11 Boeing 737s and 12 Bombardier Q400Next Gen aircraft. It carried just over 3.5 million passengers in total in 2017.