The commercial director of Tallinn Airport has said, even if coronavirus infection rates continue to rise, a number of direct flights to and from Estonia should still be kept in place.
This week direct flights to France, Denmark and Cyprus from Tallinn have been canceled after the infection rate in each country exceeded 25 new cases per 100,000 as an average over two weeks.
Commercial Director of Tallinn Airport Eero Pärgmäe said on Vikerraadio on Monday that many people still need to travel such as entrepreneurs or family members of people living abroad.
He said it is because of these factors that an attempt should be made to maintain air connections despite rising infection rates across Europe.
"As far as flight restrictions are concerned, I don't know any countries other than Estonia and Latvia that are restricting flights by number," said Pärgmäe, adding that currently flying is a person's own responsibility.
Frankfurt is the most important airport for Europe, he said, adding the route should remain open in the event of a wider spread of the coronavirus.
"Our goal is to find sustainable solutions on how to provide people with air services in the next year or two," said Pärgmäe.
At the same time, he said the restriction of the Paris connection did not come as a surprise to the airlines or Tallinn Airport, and that all the necessary preparations were made within a week.
On Monday, government and opposition members of parliament have expressed concerns about the reduction of direct flights from Tallinn Airport.
Editor: Helen Wright