SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK, Copenhagen Kastrup) says it will this week commence flights from the Scandinavian capitals of Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen to Tallinn Lennart Meri following the recent collapse of Estonian Air (OV, Tallinn Lennart Meri).

SAS said in a statement that it would connect the Estonian capital with Stockholm Arlanda 4x daily, Copenhagen Kastrup 3x daily, and Oslo Gardermoen daily.

“Tallinn is a destination with a high proportion of frequent travelers and is also a popular holiday getaway," Eivind Roald, Executive Vice President Commercial at SAS. "We therefore decided to act quickly, as Tallinn is a large and important destination in our region. Scandinavia also occupies a geographically advantageous location for shuttle services to and from Estonia."

Estonian Air ceased operations on Sunday, November 8 following a European Commission (EC) directive ordering it to repay the Estonian government over EUR85 million (USD93 million) in illegal state-aid. To help offset the effects of the airline's collapse, the Estonian government's new carrier Nordic Aviation (Tallinn Lennart Meri) has already assumed several Estonian Air routes using a variety of chartered aircraft and the air operator certificate of Adria Airways (JP, Ljubljana).