airBaltic on course to become leading carrier in Tallinn, says airport CEO

As the Estonian carrier Nordica is cutting its route network and Latvia's airBaltic is expanding its services from Tallinn, the latter is likely to become the number one airline operating to and from the Estonian capital soon, the CEO of Tallinn Airport said.

"Apparently, airBaltic will very clearly become the number one. If today we speak of Nordica having a market share of over 20 percent, apparently airBaltic will get that same market share," CEO of the state-owned airport company Piret Murk-Dubout said on the Esimene stuudio (First Studio) program of ETV public television.

Murk-Dubout said that the key to airBaltic's success lies in their having made good choices both when it comes to the type of aircraft and building up their route network.

Since Tallinn Airport serves 16 airlines at present, Tallinn's connectedness does not depend on any single airline, including Nordica, according to the CEO.

Despite the contraction of the volumes of services of Nordica, it is a goal for Tallinn Airport to grow at least five percent over the next year.

"There's no denying that, in fact, also Nordica has been a contributor to the good competitive situation and passengers definitely have won when it comes to the ticket price. When the position of Nordica decreases a bit now, we apparently will see some impacts, but speaking of physical connectedness or there being fewer seats available, this is definitely not something I would say," Murk-Dubout added.

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