The island of Vormsi, with some 250 permanent residents, is this summer planning to reopen an airfield that has been closed for decades.
Located by the town of Hullos, the airfield was once used to transport border guards and food to and from the island.
The nonprofit Vormsi Aero Klub will operate the airfield, which it is renting from the local government, a press release from the Vormsi Municipality said. A representative of the organization, Aleksander Russakov, said he hopes that the airfield will stimulate life on the island and provide an alternative source of transport when the sea freezes over in winter, creating trouble for ferries.
The club also plans to provide a maintenance and repair service for small aircraft.
After a test landing last week, a senior airport inspector for the Civil Aviation Administration, Aleksander Dintsenko, said he approved of the quality of the landing strip, which he said is located in the only suitable site on the island.
The airfield operators are waiting for the administration's official approval, which they expect to receive soon, to commence flights.