Estonian Air eyes Asian routes

09.05.2012, 13:35

The management of the Estonian national carrier Estonian Air is going to meet with representatives of three Asian countries Singapore, Qatar and Oman in May to discuss opening possible routes between Tallinn and these countries, writes Eesti Päevaleht.

The idea is to attract more passengers from these three countries to fly to Europe through Tallinn.

The representatives of these three countries will be attending Routes Europe, Europe’s largest the international civil aviation conference that will be held in Tallnn from May 20-22.

Minister of economic affairs Juhan Parts this year signed two aviation treaties with the representatives of Singapore and Qatar and a similar agreement is being prepared for Oman.

Tero Taskila, CEO of Estonian Air said that companies in Qatar and Oman are very actively looking for more possibilities to connect their countries to Europe.

“We are giving them the possibility to join the new network of connections of Estonian Air. The agreements signed by minister Parts are also increasing the value of Estonian Air among potential investors,” he added.

While in Europe Estonian Air is free to fly to anywhere, opening of new routes with non-EU countries requires a bilateral aviation treaty.