Portuguese Airline to Connect Tallinn with Lisbon, Africa and South America

Portuguese airline TAP will begin operating a route from Tallinn to Lisbon in summer, opening connections to many African and South American destinations.

Tallinn Airport board member Erik Sakkov confirmed the new connection in a press release on Sunday, adding that the exact timetable would soon be unveiled.

Sakkov said that the five-hour flight, which will be the longest direct flight from Tallinn, will open many opportunities to Estonian holiday and business travelers, including a more convenient way to reach the upcoming football World Cup in Brazil.

TAP flies to 76 destinations in 34 countries and has a 71-strong fleet. It is expected to use Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft for the Tallinn flight.

Source: ERR News

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Delays In Platform Construction At Tallinn Central Train Station Hoped Not To Drag

As recently reported on this blog, the area surrounding the central rail station in Tallinn and the market there is to be extensively redeveloped.

In addition to this, new platforms are still being constructed; the initial deadline for completion was the end of July but it is now looking like being delayed for a few more weeks, according to a report by Robin Ilves on the Estonian Public Broadcasting site.

The disruption has led to the station operating at about half its normal capacity since April, with local electric routes run by Elekrtiraudtee the most affected, with replacement bus services often running instead, according to the report (most of the longer routes in Estonia employ diesel locomotives).

Private construction company Leonhard Weiss RTE is building the platforms, which range between 150 and 400 metres in length, two at a time and aims to have them done soon, with other work being carried out on suburban stations completing by September 2013, the report stated.

The original article is here.

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Estonia’s National Air Carrier Sees An Increase In Passenger Numbers to July 2012

Notwithstanding national air carrier Estonian Air’s muhc-publicised financial problems, according to a recent report on the Baltic Busines News site, the airline has carried 52 per cent more passengers as of the end of July 2012 than at the same stage during the preceding year.

At the same time, the number of passengers taking regular flights from Tallinn increased 78.6 per cent y-o-y, according to the report.

92 136 passengers flew from Tallinn on regular flights, 91 983 of whom were on regular flights, the report continued, with 515 721 passengers travelling with Estonian Air through the first seven months.

The occupancy rate of flights not surprisingly increased y-o-y to July 2012 too, by 9.2 per cent y-o-y to 98.9 per cent occupancy, the report stated, whilst

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Tallinn’s Two Transport Agencies To Be Merged

The two major public transport companies in Tallinn, Estonia, are to be merged, according to a report by Ott Tammik on the Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) English language site.

The Tallinn Bus Company (TAK) and the Tallinn Tram and Trolley company will be merged into one, making a saving of some 10 million Euros per year, according to the report.

This rationalisation will see a streamlining both in the transport routes themselves (with 47 of the 103 trolleybuses to be replaced by, presumably more reliable, buses) and also in administration, avoiding duplication in management, accounting, personnel and IT, according to the report. However, the number of trams will actually increase, with a fourth route being added (the trams system currently stretches East to West from Lasnamäe to Kopli, and from Kadriorg to Kopli, with an additional stretch southwards to Tondi).

The decision was announced by Deputy Mayor Arvo Sarapuu and comes just a few months after the referendum which decided the provision of free public transport to all registered Tallinn residents, starting in 2013.

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Estonian Air Sets Record Number Of Passengers In June 2012

Estonian Air, the national air carrier of Estonia, has set an all time record of over 100 000 passengers in a month, according to a report by Ingrid Teesalu on the Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) service’s English-language site.

This figure, for the month of June, is almost double the 58 000 that the airline carried in June 2011. This was also bolstered by an increase in the share of seats occupied (from 66 per cent to 78 per cent) over the same period, the report stated.

However the flagship airline still has some way to go, having posted losses every year since 2005, and finishing 2011 17.3 million Euros in the red, the report added.

Lithuania’s national passenger airline, FlyLal, formerly Lithuanian Airlines, suspended its scheduled operations in January 2009.

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Tallinn Gets First Electric Car Charging Station, Rest Of Estonia To Follow

Estonia blazes the trail to the future once again as the first ever fast charging system for electric cars has been installed in Tallinn, Estonia, according to a report on the Estonian Press Digest from News2biz.

The 51 DC Terra fast charger, installed at the innovation centre at Ülemiste City in Tallinn, requires a much shorter space of time than slower chargers, which would normally require several hours. It is the first of a planned 200 charging stations to be rolled out throughout Estonia by the autumn of 2012 by ABB (the leading power and automation technology group) KredEx (a Government-initiated organization which helps both companies and individuals with financial opportunities) and the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Further to this, the Estonian state has purchased over 500 Mitsubishi IMiEV vehicles for public sector employees.

As regards private users, who have been slower on the uptake, new incentives are also in the offing. A growing range of models is already under way, with the Nissan Leaf plugging the gap for electric family cars (most other models were seen as being too small). Peugeot, Citroen and Mitsubishi as noted are other major players, and most outlets have been dropping their prices in the competition to find buyers.

Furthermore, it is likely that both national and regional Government will provide incentives to buy electric cars, including subsidies and reduced, or completely waived, parking fees in city centres, not to mention the already cheaper running costs the electric cars offer.

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