Travelling to Estonia

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No-frills airlines have opened up opportunities for us to visit countries we might not have otherwise thought about. Take Estonia for example. Before the no-frills airlines went there, not that many people travelled from Ireland or the UK to the country. Now they have just announced that there has been a 90% increase in visitors going there. Over 30,000 of us have already visited the country this year with many more to go.
Estonia is seen as an ideal short break destination which seems to be confirmed that those 30,000 people stayed just 35,000 nights. People are flying over on one day and coming back the next which means that the capital, Tallinn, is probably receiving most of the visitors.
Ryanair can probably claim to be the main reason why growth has been so rapid. It links Tallinn with Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, and Luton and plans to add a Manchester route next year. easyJet operates from Liverpool and Stansted leaving Estonian Air, the flag carrier, to fly into Gatwick. Between them they have made Tallinn a stag destination as well. It’s certainly helped this year that Tallinn is one of this year’s European Capitals of Culture which is always enough to boost visitor numbers. (Later this year, Anthony will be writing about Estonia for us) Just one week ago, they celebrated 20 years of independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Years ago, airline people were careful about which cities they would fly to. It had to have a big enough population. No-frills airlines turned that all around by providing fares that were 1p plus taxes or not much more. So people took the opportunity to go to places like Estonia. Once they found them, if they liked it, they returned. That’s what has happened to Estonia. And why now airlines provide more routes and times to take us there.

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