Estonian boost for Scottish exporters

Estonian boost for Scottish exporters

Scottish companies trading in the Baltic regions and Eastern Europe are set to be boosted by a new direct service from Edinburgh Airport to Tallinn, Estonia.

The new route could prove crucial to companies operating in the food and drink, automotive, chemical and textile sectors which are among the most popular exports to the region.

Plans for the construction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals as well as an interconnector between Finland and Estonia could also open up opportunities for companies in the oil and gas sector as the North Sea industry rues the falling oil prices.

Edinburgh Airport’s chief executive, Gordon Dewar, said: “This announcement is yet further confirmation of Edinburgh Airport’s position as the leader for business and tourism connectivity between Scotland and international destinations.

“It is greatly encouraging that Nordic Aviation recognises the growing demand for connectivity to and from Edinburgh – and this new service adds to our city’s and Scotland’s growing international profile.

“With over 11 million passengers through the doors at Edinburgh Airport in 2015 – we are continuing to grow, create jobs and make a positive contribution for Scotland’s economy.”

Allan McQuade, business infrastructure director at Scottish Enterprise, told BQ: "This new direct service is excellent news for Scotland.

"Direct services make Scotland a more attractive destination for both tourists and businesses by removing the need for extra connecting flights.

"This not only helps the economy by boosting tourism, but also encourages overseas trade and investment.”

The new service by Nordic Aviation will fly thrice weekly commencing 28 May up until 3 October.

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