Estonian businesses want to reinstate flights between Rīga and Kuressaare

Estonian businesses want to reinstate air traffic between Rīga and Kuressaare on the island of Saaremaa; while another scenario would see the route extended to Helsinki, reports LETA via Saaremaa newspaper Saarte Hall.

Last week, the newspaper reports, entrepreneur Tullio Liblik discussed the matter with management of the Rīga International Airport. "We discussed the feasibility of opening a new air link, restarting the route that was there formerly," said Liblik.

Initial talks have been held with Latvia's flag-carrier airline airBaltic, which is currently serving flights between Rīga and Helsinki. From 2007, airBaltic also operated flights to Kuressaare, but these were discontinued during the economic downturn.

"However, a number of smaller carriers are also interested in the project," Liblik said, adding that the route could be opened as quickly as this spring.

According to Liblik, the air hubs in both Rīga and the Kuressaare are willing to serve the route, but there is still uncertainty over funding and the carrier to serve the route.

Madis Kallas, the head of the Saaremaa municipality, said that resuming flights between Rīga and Kuressaare is currently an initiative on the part of local businessmen, but the municipality is willing to support the idea.

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