Nordica not reopening Sweden flights before getting state aid

A turboprop aircraft in Nordica livery.
A turboprop aircraft in Nordica livery. Source: Anna Zvereva/Creative Commons

State-owned airline Nordica has said it does not want to restart direct flights to Stockholm at present. The government has permitted the reopening of direct flights to Sweden after that country's coronavirus rate fell but Nordica is waiting for state support.

Nordica spokesman Toomas Uibo told ERR the route has been allowed to reopened so recently by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications that the company is looking at how the market will react to the news.

Taavi Audo, spokesperson for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, told ERR it is hoped state aid for Nordica will be on the agenda at this Thursday's regular government meeting, but exactly when the company can expect to receive the funds is not yet known.

According to Tallinn Airport communications manager Jane Kallaste, Latvian carrier airBaltic is the only airline flying between Tallinn and Stockholm at the moment, though Scandinavian airline SAS will join it at the end of the month.

The coronavirus infection rate limit set by the ministry beyond which direct flights are barred is 25 per 100,000 inhabitants in the preceding 14 days. Sweden's rate as of Monday stands at 21.6 per 100,000.

State aid for Nordica totalling €30 million was green-lighted by the European Commission last month.


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