TALLINN – The Estonian state-owned airport company Tallinn Airport said that six airlines are still flying from the Estonian capital to eight destinations in Europe.
The airport said that it is currently possible to fly with Ryanair to Berlin, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh and London, while the latter route is also serviced by Easyjet. Lufthansa is flying to Frankfurt and Belavia to Minsk.
Norwegian Airlines will be flying to Oslo until March 23 and Turkist Airlines announced that it will keep the Tallinn-Istanbul route operational until March 28.
CEO of Tallinn Airport Riivo Tuvike said that these are currently destinations from which people can also fly back to Estonia. Airlines have reduced frequencies on these routes, but are still flying at present.
"At the same time, I want to stress to everyone that information changes in a matter of hours. I recommend following the flight plan on the airport's website and contacting your travel agent or airline. Most importantly, think about whether you need to travel at the moment," Tuvike said in a press release.
"We are currently talking about the temporary closure of routes, the temporary suspension of scheduled flights and the postponement of the launch of new routes," he said, adding that representatives of the airport are in contact with airlines on a daily basis and are prepared to resume service on the basis of the previous flight schedule at any moment.
"The airport will remain open for passengers and freight, medical and private flights. As an airport, we serve as one of the important gateways and it is important for us that Estonians can get home and people, who want to leave, to the rest of Europe," Tuvike added.
According to the airport, the number of passengers arriving to and departing from Tallinn Airport has declined by an average of 19 percent over the last two weeks. The number of passengers started falling already in the last few weeks of February. The final impact of the crisis on passenger numbers will be determined in the second half of summer, Tuvike added.
The airport has also introduced security measures. The terminal is being cleaned more frequently than before, and additional disinfectants have been made available to passengers and staff. Temporary safety glasses have been installed on the counters of check-in, lost & found as well information desks to protect passengers and staff.