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Nordica returns ministers to Tallinn with plane taken off Stockholm route

Nordica jet taking off in Tallinn.
Nordica jet taking off in Tallinn. Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

Following the breakdown of the plane serving its Brussels route on Wednesday night, which left Estonian ministers stranded in the EU capital, Nordica pulled the plane off its Stockholm route, as a result of which passengers there only made it to Tallinn on Thursday morning.

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Nordica marketing and communications chief Toomas Uibo confirmed to ERR's online news portal that the decision to pull the Stockholm plane in order to serve the Brussels flight was not motivated by the status of some of the passengers stranded in the latter city.

"The reason certainly wasn't in the fact that there were government members involved; we can't differentiate between people like that," Uibo explained. "We did this based purely on how many travelers were affected — we had four times more travelers in Brussels than in Stockholm. We always do this the same way — one criterium in such situations is that as few people be affected as possible."

According to Uibo, 84 passengers awaited the Nordica flight in Brussels while 19 people awaited their flight in Stockholm. He noted that the only situation that would have been worse than stranding its passengers in Stockholm would have been if the airline had chosen to strand four times as many passengers overnight in Brussels.

Situation unlikely to repeat following arrival of backup planes

Nordica is in the process of acquiring two spare planes precisely to avoid situations such as this one in the future, as they will allow for more wiggle room and no passengers would have to suffer any inconvenience at the expense of others.

Uibo said that the airline is already eagerly awaiting the spare planes' arrival. "The first should arrive in June, the second in July, and both should hopefully be in service in August already," he confirmed.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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