New Estonian national carrier Nordica is making satisfactory progress in winning passenger traffic, the airline said July 6, with record traffic figures for June.

Passenger numbers rose above 60,000 for the first time, with the airline carrying 60,937 clients in June. Compared to the same month last year, this represented growth of 39.5% for Nordica, which serves the small Baltic nation and has a strategic alliance with Polish carrier LOT.

It had the largest share of passengers originating from its Tallinn hub, carrying 27% of total traffic, with its nearest competitor having a market share in June of 17.8%, it said. June saw 99.67% of all Nordica’s scheduled flights operated, with 83.5% of those departing within 15 minutes of their scheduled time. The airline’s most popular destinations in June were Stockholm, Munich and Brussels.

Nordica director-marketing & communication Toomas Uibo said passenger numbers were very reassuring, although the proportion of flights departing on time had been higher in the past. “We’re certainly within budget, and the summer season’s started really well for us,” he said.

“People in Estonia have started traveling more, and we’re really grateful that Nordica is their first preference.”

Nordica has a fleet of six CRJ900 and two CRJ700 regional jets, with two more CRJ900s scheduled to start operations in August 2017.

Alan Dron alandron@adepteditorial.com