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airBaltic to set up base in Tallinn

Juhan Tere, BC, Tallinn, 12.03.2010.Print version
Latvian national carrier airBaltic will establish a base in the Estonian capital Tallinn in 2010 and introduce eight new routes in competition with Estonian airline Estonian Air, airBaltic CEO Bertolt Flick said on Thursday, as LETA/Bloomberg reports.

Five of the new routes will connect Tallinn with destinations in Finland, the CEO said.


Riga-based airBaltic remains open to talks upon cooperation with Estonian Air, which had losses for the past three years and is seeking a strategic partner to survive, Flick said in an interview at the Berlin tourism fair.


As reported, airBaltic is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. The primary shareholders are the Latvian state, with 52.6% of stock, and Baltijas aviacijas sistemas, with 47.2% of stock.


airBaltic serves five direct flights from Tallinn – to Riga, Vilnius, Turku, Tampere, Lappeenranta, as well as direct flights from Tartu to Riga.


The airBaltic fleet consists of 31 aircraft – ten "Boeing 737-500", eight "Boeing 737-300", two "Boeing 757-200", and eleven "Fokker 50" airplanes.

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