The airline already operates daily flights from London Stansted and the new route is the first direct flight from this region of the UK. Ryan Air last week announced three new direct flights to Tallinn from London Luton and Edinburgh (starting on 10th January 2011), and from Dublin (starting on 14th December 2010), while Estonia’s national airline, Estonian Air, flies twice weekly from Gatwick to Tallinn.

Opening up Estonia’s city break possibilities further, Estonian Air this week (29th September) announced a new six times weekly flight between Tallinn and the country’s second city, the historic university town of Tartu in the central southern part of Estonia. The 45 minute flight simplifies a two-centre stay in Estonia.

Estonia Tourst Board’s director, Tarmo Mutso, said “Tallinn airport is only ten minutes’ drive from the centre of the city, hotel prices are around a third cheaper than many major European capitals while the quality is on a par with good Scandinavian hotels. We are delighted with the airlines’ confidence in Tallinn and anticipate that the city will be the city break capital of 2011“.

Tallinn will be of considerable interest for visitors in 2011. The city is organising daily cultural events as it takes on the role of European Capital of Culture, www.tallinn2011.ee. The country is also marking 20 years since Estonia became independent from the Soviet Union and the theme of the Capital of Culture is `Stories of the Seashore’, as the city continues to re-open the city to the sea following Soviet occupation.

Tarmo Mutso added “Tallinn city is buzzing with activity and energy. There’s a real vibrancy as people prepare for 2011 with optimism and enthusiasm for the numerous events and openings that will be taking place. We are very much looking forward to welcoming British, Scottish and Irish visitors in greater numbers than ever before.

For further press information or to discuss press trips, contact Estonia’s UK Director of Tourism, Mary Stuart-Miller, mary@mstuart-miller.co.uk, 01403 738844.