Ryanair announces first Estonian routes

Ryanair, the world’s favourite airline, today (30th Sept) announced its first Estonian flights from Tallinn, the capital city, with seven routes to Dublin, Dusseldorf (Weeze), Edinburgh, London (Luton), Milan (Bergamo), Oslo (Rygge) and Stockholm (Skavsta) from December 2010, which will see Ryanair carry 300,000 passengers p.a. through Tallinn, creating and sustaining 300 local jobs.
 
Ryanair celebrated its first Estonian routes by releasing 1 million €7seats for travel on over 500 routes across its European network in late October and November which are available for booking on http://www.ryanair.com/ until midnight tonight (30th Sept). Ryanair’s seven new Tallinn routes go on sale tomorrow (1st Oct) on Ryanair.com.
 
Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said:
 
“Ryanair is pleased to announce our first seven Estonian routes which will commence in December and offer Tallinn passengers really low fares for the first time. Ryanair’s Tallinn routes will deliver 300,000 passengers p.a. and sustain 300 local jobs. Estonian consumers/visitors can now beat the recession and escape the high fares charged by Estonian Air and Air Baltic by choosing Ryanair’s lowest fares and our no fuel surcharge guarantee.
 
“To celebrate the opening of our first Estonian routes we are releasing 1 million €7 seats for travel in late October and November on 500 routes which are available for booking today on www.ryanair.com.  Ryanair’s new routes from Tallinn start from December.”
 
RYANAIR’S SEVEN TALLINN ROUTES
New
Start
Dublin
14th Dec
Dusseldorf Weeze
13th Dec
Edinburgh
10th Jan
London (Luton)
10th Jan
Milan Bergamo
16th Dec
Oslo (Rygge)
13th Dec
Stockholm (Skavsta)
13th Dec
 
Source: Ryanair

Tallinn, Estonia: a cultural guide

While some cities are best enjoyed on hot summer days – Siena, say, or Carcassonne – others come into their own in the cold. Tallinn, the diminutive capital of Estonia, begs to be explored when there’s a nip in the air or, even better, when its narrow medieval buildings and cobbled streets are shrouded under a blanket of snow. Ancient merchants’ houses and cellars, home now to candle-lit and fire-warmed cafés and restaurants, lure visitors indoors to indulge in hot chocolate, spiced wine and hearty borsch. Better still, the cruise ships that ply the Baltic set sail for warmer climes come autumn, no longer disgorging their passengers into Tallinn’s bijou Old Town.

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The decrease in retail sales has stabilized

According to Statistics Estonia, in August 2010 compared to August of the previous year the retail sales of goods of retail trade enterprises decreased 1% at constant prices.

During the two last summer months the decrease in retail sales stabilized. If in June the retail sales decreased 6% compared to the same month of the previous year, then in July and August the decline was 1%.

In August, the retail sales of goods of retail trade enterprises were 4.8 billion kroons (309 million euros). The decrease in stores selling manufactured goods slowed down compared to the previous months, the decrease was 1% compared to August 2009. Retail sales have significantly recovered in stores selling household goods and appliances, hardware and building materials. In these stores the retail sales of goods decreased 8% during the year, which was one of the smallest decreases over the last two years. Compared to August of the previous year, the retail sales of goods increased in the retail sales in non-specialized stores with industrial goods predominating (18%), the retail sales of pharmaceutical goods and cosmetics (9%), the retail sales in stores selling textiles, clothing, footwear and leather goods (7%) and the retail sales of second-hand goods in stores (7%).

The retail sales in grocery stores, which recovered remarkably in July, slowed down slightly in August. If in July the retail sales of these stores increased 1%, then in August the retail sales of these stores stayed at the same level compared to the same month a year ago.

Compared to the previous month, the retail sales in retail trade enterprises decreased by 3% at constant prices. According to the seasonally and working-day adjusted data the retail sales decreased by 1%.

In August the revenues from sales of retail trade enterprises were about 6 billion kroons (383 million euros), out of which retail sales of goods accounted for 81%. Compared to August of the previous year, the revenues from sales increased 6% at current prices. Compared to the previous month, this indicator decreased 2%.

Retail sales volume index of retail trade enterprises and its trend, January 2002 – August 2010 (2005 =100)

Diagram: Retail sales volume index of retail trade enterprises and its trend

Source: Statistics Estonia

External demand serves as the growth engine of industrial production

According to Statistics Estonia, in August 2010 the production of industrial enterprises grew 23% compared to August of the previous year. This year the growth of production has mainly influenced by the increase in external demand, since domestic market has slightly livened up only during the last months.

The moderate growth reported at the beginning of 2010 was followed by a rapid increase — in April enterprises gave 19%, in May 17% and in June and July over 20% more production than in the corresponding months of 2009.

The production of manufacturing increased 22% compared to August of the previous year. Export sales of the manufacturing production increased significantly (41%). In August, nearly two thirds of the whole production of manufacturing was sold on the external market. The demand on the domestic market was considerably lower — the domestic sales increased 3% compared to August of the previous year.

In August, production exceeded the previous year’s level in most branches of industry. The growth in the production of manufacturing was most influenced by the branches holding bigger shares — manufacturing of electronic products where the production increased by more than two times, and manufacturing of wood where the growth was 33%. With respect to the branches of manufacturing holding smaller shares, the production increased considerably in the manufacturing of motor vehicles, machinery and equipment and metals mainly due to the increase in exports. The rapid growth in production was partly also influenced by the low reference base in 2009; this effect will last until the end of 2010. Regardless of the rapid increase, the industrial production just reached the level of 2005.

In August 2010 compared to July, the seasonally adjusted industrial production did not change; the production of manufacturing grew 1%.

In August 2010 compared to August 2009, the production of electricity increased 53% and the production of heat 8%. The increase in energy production was mainly caused by a growing demand for energy induced by more active manufacturing as well as by the growth in the exports of electricity.

The volume index and trend of production in manufacturing, January 2000 – August 2010 (2005 = 100)

 Diagram: The volume index and trend of production in manufacturing

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