Estonian Air announces that the French Direction Générale de l'aviation Civile has been informed about the industrial action by employees of the Air Traffic Control services in France. The industrial action will begin at 0600 French local time on Tuesday 11th June and continue until Friday 14th June at 0559 French local time.
Estonian Air will do its utmost to operate the flights as planned however passengers may bear in mind that disruptions on our schedule services may occur. Up-to-date flight tracing is available at http://estonian-air.ee/en/timetable/tallinn-airport-information-in-real-time/?lnk=footer.
Estonian Air apologises for possible inconvenience that this will cause to our customers despite the fact that this disruption is beyond Estonian Air’s control.
From January to May Estonian Air carried altogether 220 961 passengers, out of which 218 045 on regular flights. In May Estonian Air carried 52 755 passengers, out of which 52 284 on regular flights.
According to Rauno Parras, the CCO of Estonian Air, this year passenger volumes have declined approximately by the same figure as the amount of attracted transit passengers in 2012. “We use 2011 – the year before expansion as a reference to compare the results.”
In 2011, Estonian Air operated 19 destinations from Tallinn and 4 from Vilnius. In 2013, 10 year-round and 2 seasonal destinations are operated from Tallinn. In May 2011, Estonian Air carried 70 781 passengers, out of which 10 080 on charter flights. In total, 61 513 passengers flew from Tallinn and 9268 from Vilnius.
In the first five months of 2012, Estonian Air carried 323 265 passengers, out of which 98 464 in May.
"The number of seats we offered in May 2013 is 45.5% lower compared to 2012 and 23% lower compared to 2011," explained Rauno Parras. "Thus we are doing considerably better in filling our aircraft. In May 2013, the load factor was above 70%, “added Parras.More
Air Lituanica has signed an agreement to lease a 76-seater Embraer E170 jet from Estonian Air. The lease contract is valid until the end of 2015.
The leased aircraft is dedicated for flights from Vilnius to Amsterdam, Brussels and Berlin starting at the end of June. Air Lituanica flights will be marketed under Air Lituanica brand and operated with Estonian Air flight number.
In addition to aircraft lease, airlines will cooperate in providing commercial services, like sales of tickets on point-to-point and connecting flights, revenue management, interline and code-share agreements.
According to Mr. Erikas Zubrus, the CEO of Air Lituanica it is very important to have a strong partner during the phase of entering the aviation market. Through the service agreement, Air Lituanica will be able to use already working booking channels, and agreements with partner airlines. “Air Lituanica has chosen Estonian Air as a commercial partner to ensure a wide distribution network throughout the world and to offer connecting flights starting from Vilnius to more than 100 cities,” said Erikas Zubrus.
“Estonian Air is a cost effective airline and cooperation between the two Baltic airlines will allow us to achieve more efficiency and provide competitive services,” said Mr. Jan Palmér, CEO of Estonian Air.More
Starting from 1 June 2013, SAS EuroBonus card holders will earn bonus points only on Estonian Air regular routes that are operated together with Star Alliance partners. As before, points can be burned on all Estonian Air flights and Star Alliance partner airlines’ flights.
As a result of the change in early June, the owners of the SAS EuroBonus card will earn points on Estonian Air’s Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Trondheim and Brussels routes.
According to Rauno Parras, the CCO of Estonian Air customers can still earn bonus points on the Scandinavian and Brussels routes that are operated in cooperation with partners belonging to Star Alliance. “From one hand, the amendment will let Estonian Air to achieve a significant cost saving. From the other hand there is still a possibility for frequent flyers to earn points on our main business routes.”
“The change is needed to reduce costs in relation to the reconstruction process and reviewing all of our activities and cost items,” added Parras.
All other EuroBonus programme conditions remain the same, including burning the points. In case of code sharing points can be earned either under Estonian Air or Star Alliance partner airlines’ flight code.More
From January to April Estonian Air carried altogether 168 206 passengers, out of which 165 761 on regular flights. In April Estonian Air carried 46 513 passengers, out of which 45 679 on regular flights.
In the first four months last year, Estonian Air carried 224 801 and year before last 168 583 passengers. In April last year, Estonian Air carried 85 644 and year before last 48 427 passengers.
According to Rauno Parras, the CCO of Estonian Air, it is feasible to compare this year passenger numbers with the pre-enlargement period in 2011. The first quarter and April results are in the line of the restructuring plan targets set in the in the beginning of the year,” said Parras.
In the first four months the regularity of Estonian Air flights was 99.5%, an increase of 1.1 percentage points compared to the same period last year. The 15-minute punctuality was 88%, an increase of 5.2 percentage points compared to the same period last year.
In April the regularity and punctuality were 99.9% (97.2% in 2012) and 89.7% (78% in 2012) respectively.