: Estonian government backs scrapping one-carrier restriction on Ukraine flights

15:04 May. 19, 2016

Estonian government backs scrapping one-carrier restriction on Ukraine flights

Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport (Photo source: Wikipedia)

Changes to the air traffic agreement between Ukraine and Estonia will allow for the expansion of flights between the two countries

The Estonian Government approved an order eliminating a one-carrier restriction from the country's 1993 air traffic agreement with Ukraine, Estonian public broadcaster reported on Thursday.

As a result of this amendment, opportunities for regular flights between Estonia and Ukraine will expand, said the Government Communication Unit of the Government Office of Estonia.

The order also removes route restrictions from the agreement, which will allow Estonian and Ukrainian airlines to fly to any destination in the other country. Estonian airline Nordica has already expressed interest in adding a new route to Odesa at the end of the month.

This amendment to the agreement is not required to be ratified in the Estonian parliament. Following the government's approval, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will send a diplomatic note to the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs with a proposal to change the agreement. If Ukraine confirms, the Estonian note and the Ukrainian note sent in reply will together constitute the amending agreement, which will be effective as of the date of the Ukrainian note.


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