TALLINN – The Estonian Transport Administration has announced a public procurement for the contract to operate subsidized air services between Tallinn and Kardla, capital of the island of Hiiumaa, from the end of January 2023 to the end of May 2024.
The expected value of the contract is over 4.3 million euros.
The carrier is expected to operate at least 12 Tallinn-Kardla-Tallinn trips per week. It must own or lease at least one aircraft with at least 19 passenger seats and allow at least 23 kilograms of luggage per passenger at no extra charge, according to the tender documents.
The carrier must also organize the sale of tickets, including by electronic means, both via its own website or a service provider's website as well as via an international online ticketing system in which passengers can book and buy tickets.
The final date of offers is Nov. 22.
The Kardla air service has been operated by Lithuanian carrier Transaviabaltika since 2016. The current contract with that carrier runs from the end of June 2022 to Jan. 26, 2023.
At the beginning of June, Transaviabaltika suspended ticket sales for the Kardla route due to a sharp rise in costs, after which the Transport Administration terminated the contract with the company and entered into a new one around 300,000 euros more expensive due to higher input prices to ensure that flights will continue.