The City Government of Tartu and Finnair have reached an agreement on adjusting the current flight schedule – as of the end of April, flights from Tartu to Helsinki will depart in the mornings and flights from Helsinki to Tartu will arrive late in the evenings. The development proceedings of air traffic in Tartu announced in the autumn contributed to the long-awaited changes in the schedule.
The Mayor of Tartu Urmas Klaas is pleased with the outcome of the negotiation. „ During the discussions with Finnair and Tallinn Airport, we reached an agreement that as of this spring, passengers are able to catch the first wave of connecting flights when departing from Tartu, and in case of shorter meetings, even arrive back home by the evening. Both businesses as well as institutions of higher educations have long hoped for a schedule such as this,” the Mayor added.
The new flight schedule will become effective from 28 April 2018. The flights are offered on six days of the week, the flight departs from Tartu at 5.35 a.m. and arrives in Helsinki at 6.20 a.m., offering passengers almost 35 different connecting flights in the 3-hour period early in the morning. The flight from Helsinki departs at 12.05 a.m. and arrives in Tartu at 12.45 a.m. There are no flights from Helsinki to Tartu during the nights from Saturday to Sunday and from Tartu to Helsinki on Sunday mornings.
The flights that are part of the modified schedule will be subsidised with 69 000 euros from the budget of the city of Tartu. In addition, Finnair and the city will increase cooperation in the area of marketing to enhance the popularity of Tartu as a must-visit destination.
Regular air traffic from Tartu to Helsinki started in October 2011 with flights by Flybe. In May 2015, Finnair took over from Flybe.