On November 19 this year, LOT Polish Airlines and Nordica will start a strategic cooperation. The two airlines will operate joint ticket sales. and will also share airline codes. Nordica will also operate some regional routes for LOT, the first being Stockholm-Warsaw. Nordica will add three new aircraft and add up to 70 additional jobs next year. LOT will acquire 49% of Noridica’s subsidiary Regional Jet as part of the cooperation.
“Nordica has entered a new phase of its development. Cooperation with LOT Polish Airlines, a leading Central and Eastern European air carrier, will enhance the sustainability of our business model and ensure the financial security and reliability of our company in the international aviation market. The willingness of LOT to become a shareholder in our subsidiary Regional Jet shows that cooperation with Nordica is taken seriously and that LOT sees it as a long-term partnership rather than a short-term project,” said Jaan Tamm, CEO of Nordica.
“We are very happy and proud, that soon LOT will be able to offer its excellent service to the passengers travelling from Tallinn to Europe, as well as to the extended number of those, who will now be able to fly from Tallinn via Warsaw to dozens destinations around the world” – said Rafał Milczarski, LOT Polish Airlines CEO. – “Together with Nordica we are making first step towards consolidation of the Central and Eastern Europe aviation market. At the same time this is the first such innovative cooperation of two carriers from Central and Eastern Europe, proving that airlines in our region do not have to be surrendered to the big Western European carriers, losing their national identity and reducing scale of operations. On a contrary, along with LOT they can continue their individual development, while building an efficient transfer hub in the center of the region – in Warsaw – in particular for long-haul connections. I am delighted that the Polish carrier builds synergy with his Estonian partner. Both Poland and Estonia, which is one of the most dynamic economies in Europe, certainly benefit from this” – Milczarski adds.
“The set up and launch of Nordica as a company was completed this autumn and we decided not to make use of this option. I would like to thank the management of Adria Airways for the good cooperation; it was due to them, in no small way, that we became fully operational in such a short time,” said Jaan Tamm.
“All scheduled flights will take place and there are no changes to flight schedules. Our cooperation with Adria Airways in current format will continue for the next two weeks and all air tickets will remain valid. The reservations for flights departing from 19. November will be changed by travel agencies or online booking environments free of charge,” explained the chairman of Nordica’s management board. “Our cooperation with LOT is good news to all passengers departing from Tallinn because we will be able to offer a larger number of flights with more convenient transfer options,” added Tamm.