Estonia’s national airline Nordica is set to make the annual transition to its winter schedule this coming Sunday. During the summer period the airline flew a record number of passengers to their destinations.

Nordica will switch to its winter schedule having flown almost 420,000 passengers as part of its summer schedule from late March to late October – 160,000 travellers more than in the same period last year. During summer Nordica operated over 6000 flights between European cities. It has been the biggest carrier operating out of Tallinn Airport for the last year, offering the most direct flights to and from the Estonian capital. A total of more than 515,000 passengers have flown with Nordica so far in 2017.

Jaan Tamm, the chairman of the management board of Nordica, says the airline enjoyed a very successful summer season marked by strong growth. “Our passenger numbers surpassed all of our expectations, for which we’re very grateful to our new and existing clients alike,” he said. “Estonia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union has of course had a very positive impact on things, but the main growth we’ve seen has been due to increased trust from our business travellers and holiday-makers.” Estonia’s national airline is now the preferred carrier of more than one in four passengers departing from Tallinn Airport.