Estonia's national carrier Nordica will terminate its partnership with Adria Airways on November 19. The airline has been utilising its Slovenian counterpart's Air Operator's Certificate, commercial platform, ticketing system, staff and flight codes since it was set up by the government a year ago following the demise of Estonian Air. Nordica's cooperation agreement with Adria was signed for a term of one year with the option of being renewed for another year. The Slovenian carrier recently said it was looking to strengthen and deepen its alliance with Nordica. The relationship was expected to last until at least the end of 2017. Instead, the Estonian airline has opted to ink a similar deal with LOT Polish Airlines.
Commenting on its decision, Nordica's CEO, Jaan Tamm, said, "The set up and launch of Nordica as a company was completed this fall and we decided not to make use of extending our agreement. I would like to thank the management of Adria Airways for the good cooperation. It was largely due to them that we became fully operational in such a short time". He added, "All scheduled flights will take place and there are no changes to flight schedules. Our cooperation with Adria Airways in its current format will continue for the next two weeks and all air tickets will remain valid". Nordica tickets can be purchased through Adria's website. The Slovenian carrier initially provided necessary staff and cabin crew to its Estonian counterpart. Later on, Estonian personnel were trained in Ljubljana.
It has never been disclosed how much of a financial incentive Adria received for its partnership with Nordica, which was negotiated by the carrier while it was still in state hands. In its 2015 financial report, the airline's new owners, 4K Invest, hailed the tie-up stating that "good foundations have been laid in 2015 with new opportunities in the Estonian market". The deal was almost certain to be extended until the end of 2017 and it is unclear why there has been an abrupt ending to the cooperation. Jan Palmer, who advises 4K Invest, urged the Estonian government to ink a commercial alliance with Adria. Mr Palmer is also an advisor to Nordica.