The travel restrictions applied due to the corona crisis have started to ease and connections with major European destinations are recovering. In July, routes will be opened to 12 destinations, including London, Milan, Edinburgh, Malaga, Girona, Dusseldorf, Dublin, Oslo and Warsaw.
According to Eero Pärgmäe, the Commercial Director of Tallinn Airport, June was the month of clarification, when developments in air traffic emerged in days and even in hours. “The desire and need of people for travelling has not disappeared and the airlines have waited for long to reopen the routes. Good news is that flying is again possible to major hubs as well as the beloved holiday destinations. Considering our volatile summer weather, it is not too late to consider a trip to some South European resort,” Pärgmäe said.
According to Pärgmäe, first, the airlines have reopened routes to business and holiday destinations that are important for Estonians, such as Berlin, Warsaw, Paris and Copenhagen, but also to major connecting airports, such as Frankfurt, Helsinki and Riga. Routes to Brussels, Istanbul and Moscow are expected to open in August. All the currently open flight destinations can be viewed conveniently on the airport’s website.
At the beginning of July, the tour operator Novatours started selling charter flights to Greece. “We believe that holiday flights will be offered in August also to other destinations that are popular among Estonians. People are really waiting for charter flights to Turkey, Bulgaria and Spain, however we can start talking about reopening these destinations only, if they are safe for the passengers,” Pärgmäe added.
According to Pärgmäe, Tallinn Airport hopes to reach 30 destinations during August and the pre-corona crisis level, when passengers were able to fly with 15 airlines to 36 destinations, 28 of which were open all-year-round.
Currently, seven airlines have opened their regular routes – AirBaltic, Finnair, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Norwegian, Transaviabaltika and Wizzair. In July, most likely also Belavia, LOT, easyJet and in August Turkish Airlines, Aeroflot and SAS will join them.
According to Pärgmäe, the airports and airlines have worked hard to ensure that travelling is safe for people. “For the time being, wearing a mask on board of a plane is obligatory, while wearing a mask at the airport is to large extent voluntary,” Pärgmäe noted, however recommended getting acquainted with the safety regulations and possible restrictions of the destination, airports and airlines before each flight.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends avoiding travelling, except to countries where there have been 16 or less cases of infection per 100,000 inhabitants over two weeks and which do not require being self-quarantined after returning.
When travelling, we advise keeping the following in mind:
- before planning your trip, please consult the Foreign Ministry website for the infection rate in your planned country of destination
- stay up to date with possible travel restrictions in your country of destination – consult the ReOpen portal of the European Union, and, if necessary, contact the foreign mission of the country of destination for details;
- follow the recommendations of the Estonian Health Board for a safe flight to protect your health and that of others – if you show symptoms, please postpone your trip and contact your GP.
obtain travel insurance and carefully read the conditions of your insurance (including for travel interruptions caused by COVID-19).