The city of Tartu and Finnair have come to an agreement concerning the airline's flight schedule at Tartu Airport. The agreement addresses the city's complaint that there were no flights available at sensible times of day.
Starting April, Finnair is adding flights in the early morning as well as the late evening. The first flight in the morning will be scheduled for 5:35 a.m., and the last one returning to Tartu for arrival at 00:50, according to the city.
The new schedule enters into effect on Apr. 28 this year, with flights six days a week. There will be no flight from Helsinki to Tartu in nights from Saturday to Sunday, and no flight from Tartu to Helsinki on Sunday morning.
Mayor of Tartu, Urmas Klaas (Reform), said he is happy with the outcome of the negotiations. The times will make sure travelers get better access to connecting flights in Helsinki, and also make it possible to travel to the Finnish capital just for the day, Klaas said.
The agreement includes a contribution to the connection out of the city's budget in the amount of €69,000, and closer cooperation between Finnair and the city for Tartu's destination marketing.
Tartu has had regular flights to Helsinki since 2011, when Flybe operated the route. Finnair took over in May 2015.
Editor: Dario Cavegn