Our declining economy is catching up with airlines as well. There used to be quite a few routes for getting to Estonia from Canada – but the options are getting thinner and thinner…Here are some updates for the 2009/2010 season!
FINNAIR: Canadians and Canadian Estonians travel to Tallinn usually during the summer – when you can get a convenient flight with Finnair from Toronto via Helsinki. The direct Toronto-Helsinki Finnair flights are already in the system and as far as we can see, they will run 3 times a week (Tue, Thu and Sun) from June 6th until September 9th in 2010, before and after that Finnair customers have to travel from Toronto to London or New York and from there on to Helsinki – and then to Tallinn. Finnair has “special rates” also from Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver and Calgary – but the direct Helsinki flights operate still only from Toronto. The connections to Tallinn that caused grief to so many of our passengers last summer – seem to be working better now, we can see some of the mid-morning Tallinn/Helsinki flights back in the schedule.
CZECH AIRLINES announced that they will cut their Toronto route as of October 2009 and are likely not to return during summer 2010.
LUFTHANSA has a direct flight to Frankfurt also from Ottawa and Montreal. Unfortunately their flights do not connect the same day via Frankfurt on the way back from Tallinn. But in case you don’t mind an overnight in Frankfurt – you could try that route and earn some Aeroplan points at the same time…
The good news is that depending on the schedule, there is a possibility to connect from Tallinn to Toronto with Lufthansa via Munich, during the winter it works once a week. It is a very nice connection, so hopefully the possibilities increase with the spring/summer schedule.
KLM ROYAL DUTCH AIRLINES used to have the best daily connections from Toronto and Montreal to Tallinn – but the airline decided to cancel their Amsterdam-Tallinn route as of 4 May, 2009. Depending on the flight schedules, there might be a chance to combine the KLM flight Toronto-Amsterdam with the Estonian Air flight Amsterdam-Tallinn, but that combination might not always work, depending on the seasonal schedules – and you are likely to be forced to re-check your baggage in Amsterdam, as the res system does not allow to issue this combination on one ticket.
LOT POLISH AIRLINES and AUSTRIAN AIRLINES used to connect to Tallinn twice a week – but they cancelled their Tallinn flights already in 2008.
You can use KLM, LUFTHANSA etc. flights to Helsinki and take a short flight or a boat-ride over to Tallinn – but that of course is extra hassle. But if you want to see the Finnish capital as well, then it might not be a bad combination.
There are other ways as well to get to Estonia from Canada. If you are adventurous enough, we can find you a charter flight to London, Frankfurt or Hamburg – and continue with Estonian Air to Tallinn. This way it is usually quite hard to make the connections fit with the lowest rates (unless you are very lucky!) but it would be suitable for example to someone intending to stop over in London.