Nordica (EE, Tallinn Lennart Meri) has announced plans to boost its narrowbody jet capacity in preparation for an anticipated surge in demand for travel over September and October.

On account of Estonia's assumption of the presidency of the European Union next month, the carrier said it will charter a B737-400 from equity partner LOT Polish Airlines (LO, Warsaw Chopin) from early September onwards. This will then be replaced by a B737-300 leased from Bulgarian ACMI/charter specialist, Bul Air (LB, Sofia)

"These aircraft will primarily serve the Tallinn Lennart Meri-Brussels National route," it said in a statement. "This larger aircraft will bring with it 80% growth in the number of available seats."

In addition to the Boeing, Nordica will also temporarily charter a Fokker 100 from Romanian ACMI/charter operator Carpatair (V3, Timisoara) to cover flights between larger hubs.

A virtual carrier, Nordica currently charters two CRJ-700s and three CRJ-900s from Regional Jet (set to be renamed Nordica Regional) with bmi regional (BM, Aberdeen Dyce) providing a single ERJ-145.