Court orders Nordica to pay unpaid salaries to former employees

The County Court has ordered Nordica to pay the salaries of more than 50 staff members who work for bankrupt airline Estonian Air. Nordica is seen as the successor company to the airline.

In total, 52 employees have taken action against the company and are asking for €1.5 million of unreceived salaries from Nordica and Transportation Asser Management Ltd, newspaper Äripäev wrote on Tuesday.

Overnight, Nordic Aviation Group, the new state-owned airline Nordica, became the successor of the state-owned airline Estonian Air, which went bankrupt in November 2015.

While money was paid back to passengers by the state, Estonian Air employees have not seen the benefits promised to them by a collective agreement.

Salaries of stewardesses are approximately €10,000 but around €50,000-70,000 for pilots.

Nordica's Head of Communications Toomas Uibo told ERR the arguments presented were not valid and Nordica is appealing the decision.

There has also been a long debate about whether Nordica should be considered the legal successor of Estonian Air, and the court has said that it should. It means that all other remaining debts could be recovered through Nordica.


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