According to Estonian airport operator Tallin Airport, airlines are ready for Estonia's upcoming presidency of the EU in the second half of 2017 and will likely use bigger planes on some days or make additional flights if necessary.
"We have been talking and writing to airlines about this since last year to let them know that the presidency is arriving," Tallinn Airport spokesperson Priit Koff told BNS. He added that airlines are aware that in some large airports, demand may increase at certain points and airlines have promised to take this into account.
According to Koff, airlines are ready to react with more flexibility during the presidency period. For instance, when larger events with many participants take place, airlines will add more flights on routes or use bigger planes. "For example, Finnair has already announced that as of September, they will add a ninth flight [on the Tallinn-Helsinki route]," Koff said, noting that this would only be for the months of September and October.
The airport spokesperson explained that the schedule of the whole presidency period is irregular, with important meetings on the ministerial level taking place in July, nothing happening in August, the workload increasing beginning in September and the end of the year being quiet once again.
Estonia will hold the presidency of the Council of the EU from July to December of this year.
Editor: Aili Vahtla