Sakkov: Population Sets Restrictions to Flight Connections ({{commentsTotal}})

Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport
Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)
Tallinn Airport board member Erik Sakkov said that although recently two new connecting flights (Barcelona and Lisbon) have been added to its schedule, one should not hope for a surge of new airlines due to Estonia’s small population.

The new airlines will hopefully bring plenty of tourists to Estonia and open up better travel options. Sukkov said although work is being done in order to better connectivity, there shouldn't be hope that passengers can reach every corner of Europe from Tallinn directly – Estonia is just far too small for such a feat.

The level of comfort and life standard to which many of Estonian passengers are already familiar with goes beyond our current capabilities, Sukkov said. There are 1.3 million Estonians and an airline is primarily a capitalistic business seeking profit.

Sukkov said if by any chance we could find a global carrier to base in Tallinn, who would take advantage of Estonia’s geographical position, then we would have an opportunity for a certain degree of development.

Tallinn lies directly on the Delhi-New York route and the Beijing-Paris route. This is something we as a small airport could profit from. These hopes cannot be founded on serving our own population, but based on our neighbors, or Chinese and Japanese travelers.