Minister: We have two weeks to rescue Rail Baltic

Urve Palo, Estonian Minister of Economy, says that she is confident that Lithuania will shortly accept that Vilnius Cannot be included in the current route for Rail Baltic. Speaking of the statement made recently by European Commission’s representative Pavel Telicka that Vilnius cannot be added to the route and that he cannot understand why Lithuania have changed its mind, Palo said that Brusselks have now made its position clear.

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10 pct more people use urban transport

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2013, the number of passengers served by Estonian transport enterprises and passenger turnover increased 8% and 2%, respectively. Freight volume increased 1% in tonnes, but fell 10% in tonne-kilometres.

In 2013, the number of passengers carried by Estonian transport enterprises by road, rail, sea and air transport amounted to 216 million. About 175.8 million of these passengers used urban transport (i.e. buses, trams and trolleybuses), which is a tenth more than in 2012. The number of passengers in other traffic amounted to 40.3 million, which is 5% less than the year earlier.

The number of passengers in domestic traffic (excl. urban transport) was 31.5 million and the average journey distance was 46 kilometres. The number of passengers in international traffic was 8.8 million, or approximately as much as in 2012, and the average journey distance was 341 kilometres.

The passenger traffic volume of transport enterprises was 5.2 billion passenger-kilometres. Domestic traffic amounted to 2.2 billion passenger-kilometres, remaining at the same level as in the previous year. International passenger traffic volume was 3 billion passenger-kilometres, which means a 3% growth compared to 2012.

In 2013, 78.7 million tonnes of goods were carried by Estonian transport enterprises. Most of these goods were carried by rail and road. 44.4 million tonnes of goods were transported in domestic traffic and 34.3 million tonnes in international traffic.

The freight turnover of transport enterprises decreased by a tenth compared to 2012, to 12.4 billion tonne-kilometres. Freight turnover decreased similarly in road, rail and sea transport.

The freight turnover was 2.1 billion tonne-kilometres in domestic transport and 10.3 billion tonne-kilometres in international transport. Compared to 2012, freight turnover increased by 7% in domestic transport and decreased by 13% in international transport. Thus, in 2013 international freight routes were shorter.

In 2013, the turnover of transport enterprises was 2 billion euros, which is 5% more than in 2012. Transportation services were sold for 1.9 billion euros. Transport enterprises received more than a half of the turnover (1.1 billion euros) from the carriage of goods and a fifth (424 million euros) from the carriage of passengers. Compared to 2012, the turnover from carriage of passengers fell by 3%, but the turnover from carriage of goods increased by 10%. In 2013, the subsidies for passenger transport totalled 120 million euros, which is a fifth more than the year earlier.

Carriage of passengers and goods by transport enterprises, 2013
Total Road
transport
..urban
transport
Rail
transport
Sea
transport
Air
transport
Passengers, millions 216.0 202.3 175.8 4.2 8.8 0.8
..international traffic 8.8 1.3 - 0.1 6.6 0.7
Passenger traffic volume, billion pkm 5.2 2.6 0.8 0.2 1.3 1.1
..international traffic 3.0 0.6 - 0.0 1.2 1.1
Freight, million tonnes 78.7 33.1 - 43.7 1.9 0.0
..international traffic 34.3 11.2 - 21.2 1.9 0.0
Freight turnover, billion tkm 12.4 6.5 - 4.7 1.2 0.0
..international traffic 10.3 5.1 - 4.0 1.2 0.0

- magnitude nil

Passenger traffic volume is the volume of work done in the transport of passengers. It is measured in passenger-kilometres (pkm). One passenger-kilometre is the transport of one person across a distance of one kilometre.

Freight turnover is the volume of work done in the transport of goods. It is measured in tonne-kilometres (tkm). One tonne-kilometre is the transport of one tonne of goods across a distance of one kilometre.

Source: Statistics Estonia

Frankfurt is the most popular destination from Tallinn Airport

Frankfurt, Germany, was the most popular city for travellers flying out of Tallinn Airport last year, narrowly beating Helsinki.

Both cities received around 12 percent of Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport’s passengers, uudised.err.ee reported on Wednesday. Riga (11 percent), Oslo, London, Moscow and Copenhagen (all 7 percent) followed.

The total passenger number decreased by 11 percent to slightly less than two million, mostly due to Estonian Air’s downsizing of its operations.

Estonian Air was the most popular carrier, catering to 28 percent of all passengers, followed by Ryanair (15 percent), Lufthansa, Finnair and airBaltic (10 percent each).

Nearly half of all passengers were traveling on business, with 30 percent going to or arriving from a holiday. Fifteen percent were visiting friends or relatives.

Two-thirds of travellers were Estonians, with Sweden and Russia (both 5 percent) and the UK and Germany (both 4 percent) the next highest nationalities.

Source: ERR / Estonian Review

Estonians travelled more widely in 2013

In 2013 there were a total of 6 million visits to Estonia by foreigners, while Estonian residents visited foreign countries a total of 3.7 million times. The number of foreign visitors was 13% higher than a year earlier, while the number of journeys by Estonian residents fell by 4%*. Preliminary flash estimates show that non-residents consumed over one billion euros of goods and services in Estonia, while Estonians travelling abroad spent less than 700 million euros there.

The largest growth in inbound travel was of 35% in the number of visitors from Russia, who made more than one million visits to Estonia altogether and accounted for 18% of the total. Russian tourists also came to Estonia in the off-season in the first and fourth quarters, when accommodation providers have fewer clients. The number of visitors to Estonia from Finland* increased by 15% and the number from Latvia by 12%, but the numbers of visitors from most European Union countries, such as the United Kingdom, Italy or Spain, fell.

Altogether 48% of all the visitors took overnight accommodation in Estonia and the average length of a multi-day stay was 4 days.

Estonian residents made 3.8 million visits to foreign countries, though as one trip might include visits to several countries the actual number of separate trips made is significantly smaller. The travel choices of Estonian residents were noticeably different to those of 2012. There was a fall of 9% in the number of trips to Finland and of 8% in trips to Sweden, if Estonians having residency in those countries are excluded, while the number of trips to Russia was down by 15%. At the same time, there was a rise of 4% in the number of trips to Latvia and of 5% in those to other EU countries including Croatia, which was a member of the EU in the second half of the year. There was also a change in the countries preferred by Estonians for holidays, with Spain entering the top ten in ninth place and Poland in seventh, and major increases in the number of trips to Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary. Some previously popular holiday destinations have lost their attractiveness and the number of trips to Egypt has fallen steadily since 2009 and by two thirds in total. The number of trips to Turkey and Thailand increased until 2011, after which it started to fall.

The average trip by Estonians lasted 4 days, which was 9% more than in 2012.

Eesti Pank uses the statistics on foreign travel gained from mobile positioning data in calculating the exports and imports of travel services for the Balance of Payments items. In comparisons with previous years, statistics on the EU cover the countries that were members of the EU at that time. Final figures for purchases and sales of travel services will be published with the Balance of Payments on 11 March.

* The method used for the Balance of Payments considers Estonians who live and work abroad long-term as foreign visitors. They are shown in the international travel statistics as non-residents.

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Estonians travelled more widely in 2013

In 2013 there were a total of 6 million visits to Estonia by foreigners, while Estonian residents visited foreign countries a total of 3.7 million times. The number of foreign visitors was 13% higher than a year earlier, while the number of journeys by Estonian residents fell by 4%*. Preliminary flash estimates show that non-residents consumed over one billion euros of goods and services in Estonia, while Estonians travelling abroad spent less than 700 million euros there.

The largest growth in inbound travel was of 35% in the number of visitors from Russia, who made more than one million visits to Estonia altogether and accounted for 18% of the total. Russian tourists also came to Estonia in the off-season in the first and fourth quarters, when accommodation providers have fewer clients. The number of visitors to Estonia from Finland* increased by 15% and the number from Latvia by 12%, but the numbers of visitors from most European Union countries, such as the United Kingdom, Italy or Spain, fell.

Altogether 48% of all the visitors took overnight accommodation in Estonia and the average length of a multi-day stay was 4 days.

Estonian residents made 3.8 million visits to foreign countries, though as one trip might include visits to several countries the actual number of separate trips made is significantly smaller. The travel choices of Estonian residents were noticeably different to those of 2012. There was a fall of 9% in the number of trips to Finland and of 8% in trips to Sweden, if Estonians having residency in those countries are excluded, while the number of trips to Russia was down by 15%. At the same time, there was a rise of 4% in the number of trips to Latvia and of 5% in those to other EU countries including Croatia, which was a member of the EU in the second half of the year. There was also a change in the countries preferred by Estonians for holidays, with Spain entering the top ten in ninth place and Poland in seventh, and major increases in the number of trips to Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary. Some previously popular holiday destinations have lost their attractiveness and the number of trips to Egypt has fallen steadily since 2009 and by two thirds in total. The number of trips to Turkey and Thailand increased until 2011, after which it started to fall.

The average trip by Estonians lasted 4 days, which was 9% more than in 2012.

Eesti Pank uses the statistics on foreign travel gained from mobile positioning data in calculating the exports and imports of travel services for the Balance of Payments items. In comparisons with previous years, statistics on the EU cover the countries that were members of the EU at that time. Final figures for purchases and sales of travel services will be published with the Balance of Payments on 11 March.

* The method used for the Balance of Payments considers Estonians who live and work abroad long-term as foreign visitors. They are shown in the international travel statistics as non-residents.

Source: Bank of Estonia

Author: Andres Kerge, Economist in the Statistics Department at Eesti Pank

Lithuanian vice minister disagrees with Estonian PM

Lithuanian Deputy Transport Minister Arijandas Sliupas disagrees with the Estonian prime minister Andrus Ansip who said on Monday that the inclusion of Vilnius in the Rail Baltica network is a matter between Lithuania and the European Commission, reports ERR.

According to Slipas, it is not a matter not only for Lithuania, but also for a joint venture that the the three Baltic countries are planning to set up.

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Eesti Post will buy 25 mln euros worth of vans

Estonian state-owned postal company Eesti Post announced that increased business volumes and fast growth in the Baltic States led it to hold a 2.5 million euro procurement in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to buy vans, Äripäev reports.

The company intends to buy 185 vehicles over two years, 143 of which for Estonia, 20 for Latvia and 22 for Lithuania.

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Viking Line CEO: reflagging to Estonia will save us millions

Mikael Backman, CEO of Viking Line explains that the ferry line decided to move its Viking XPRS ferry which services the Tallinn-Helsinki route from the Swedish registry to the Estonian one because of cost savings, writes Äripäev.

In an interview to Äripäev, Backman says that the move will create 200 jobs.

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airBaltic to launch Riga – Palma de Mallorca route

Latvian airline airBaltic will launch a new route between Riga and Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on 1 June 2014. The new route will offer convenient connections between the two cities and beyond to destinations in the Baltic region, Scandinavia, Russia and the CIS countries

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Minister in hot water over insulting Lithuanians

Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs Juhan Parts is in the middle of a diplomatic row, after Wall Street Journal published a blog posting where Parts was quoted as saying that certain Lithuanian government members were “fools”.

Parts has used the Estonian word “jobud” to describe the Lithuanian government for recent demands made on Rail Baltic, the joint infrastructure project to connect the Baltics to the European rail system.

According to Parts, such demands are slowing down the progress and are putting the whole venture at risk.

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