With the start of summer season, 11 direct destinations will be added to the flight schedule from April, enabling to fly altogether to 37 destinations all over the world. The range of new destinations includes Minsk, Malaga and Kutaisi. Another 37 charter flight destinations will be added to regular flights.
The number of passengers at the Tallinn Airport is continuously growing – in March slightly more than 231 thousand passengers were served with the number of travellers increasing 10 per cent. The biggest increase in the number of passengers in March was on the routes to London, Stockholm and Copenhagen with additional passengers coming also from Ryanair flights (Paphos, Malta, Edinburgh). Although British Airways stopped its flights at the end of March, a continuing positive trend can be seen on London route also in the summer period, when another 4 operators continue their flights over there. The low-cost airlines (Ryanair, Wizz Air, Norwegian, easyJet) have increased their market share the most, servicing altogether 22% of all passengers (last year 15%).
Most of the charter flights were made to Egypt and the Canary Islands. From regular flights, 85.3% departed on time in March, with Wizz Air and Finnair, but also AirBaltic showing the highest punctuality (91%, 91% and 90%, respectively).
According to Eero Pärgmäe, the Commercial Director of the airport, 2019 will be a year of aviation market clean-up following a steep increase and the growth will decelerate. “This means that several airlines will revise their strategic plans and set new goals. The task of Tallinn Airport here is to offer good cooperation opportunities for airlines and publicise Estonia more widely as an attractive and developing tourist and business destination. The started summer season, however, should offer sufficient options for holidays both, in terms of direct flights from Tallinn but also as package travel,” Pärgmäe said.
In addition to 37 regular flight destinations, the summer flight plan contains also charter flights to 37 destinations; The most to the resorts in Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria. “This summer, charter flights from Tallinn are besides Smartlynx served also by Finnair, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Onurair and many other airlines. Travel agencies have favourable offers for package travel and this summer the connection with resorts in Turkey seems to have the highest frequency in terms of charter flights,” Pärgmäe added.
Additional direct destinations of Tallinn Airport’s regular flights in summer season:
From April 2, Ryanair starts flying to Berlin and Barcelona, and from April 3 to Dublin
From April 13, Nordica starts flying to Nice and from April 14 to Split
From May 11, Nordica starts flying to Odessa and from May 31 to Ohrid
From May 11, Aegean Airlines starts flying to Athens
From May 30, Belavia starts flying to Minsk
From June 1, AirBaltic starts flying to Malaga, from June 2 to Copenhagen and from June 3 to Brussels
From June 4, Nordica starts flying to Thessaloniki
From June 15, Nordica will be flying to Constanta
From August 4, Wizz Air will start flying to Kutaisi
Turkish Airlines adds flights to the Istanbul route, altogether 10 flights a week. Also, Finnair will add frequency to Helsinki route and Lufthansa to Frankfurt route.