AirBaltic unveils Estonian ambitions, EA labels plan a bluff ({{commentsTotal}})

Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix
{{1434617434000 | amCalendar}}

Latvia's AirBaltic recently unveiled its long-term strategy for until 2021, by when the company wants to service 11 European cities direct from both Tallinn and Vilnius.

The company will focus on becoming the Baltic region's airline, instead of just a Latvia-orientated company, Postimees reported.

But Estonian Air (EA) supervisory board member Erki Urva said that the Latvian company is bluffing, having pulled a similar stunt with Vilnius, which then fell apart. Urva told Postimees that other, larger, companies have attempted direct connections with Tallinn, but they have also failed.

Currently, the AirBaltic flies to Paris, Vienna, Berlin and Riga, direct from Tallinn, with Oslo, Stockholm, Varna, Brussels, Amsterdam and Copenhagen being added to that list.

Latvian Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss said there is room for only one Baltic-wide airline, and Estonian and Lithuanian governments should buy into the company or cooperate in other ways.

AirBaltic, like Estonian Air, was subject to a state bail-out and is in the process, albeit slow, or privatization.

Urva ruled out any possibility of the Estonian government buying into AirBaltic.

Finnair, the second largest airline in Tallinn Airport after Estonian Air, also wants to increase its market share in Estonia, although the company has so far ruled out adding more direct routes.

Editor: J.M. Laats

Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.