Airport in Kuresaare.. Advantages and Disadvantages
Kuresaare Airport is the third busiest airport in Estonia. It is located on the Island of Saaremaa. It’s open for both domestic and international flights. However, its first runway was established in the mid 1930s; and it was not until 1945. This is when the first flight from the airfield to Tallinn Airport took place.
This initial step was followed by more flights. Especially in the autumn/winter season; when there was the need to airlift sea produce. This is because sea ferries between Kuivastu; Virtsu were not available. Or reliable due to changes in the weather patterns.
More ‘modern’ air carriers were acquired later in the late 50s; which enabled the flights to Parnu, Viljandi and Tartu become a reality. It was also during these times that the airfield was able to be electrified. The saw more growth at the airfield as a new building was building; together with a radio center and service building. Consequently, 24-hour operations at the airport began.
In the early 60s
Nonetheless, a new terminal building was established. By the mid 60s, an asphalt runaway was already completed. Thus, making the airport worthy to be used for commercial flights by late 70s; when the main runway was lengthened from the initial 200m to 1300m. It was also at this period that a control tower was established.
Since then, there have been much improvement and development of the airport as major renovation. As well as reconstruction activities; which have taken place to ensure that the airport meets the internationally set standards. Runways have been renovated and a new control tower constructed. Also, the safety and security level have been greatly improved. Basically, this has seen the airport rise to meet international standards; and also be at a position to handle international flights.
It is also worthy noting that Ruhnu airport also belongs to Kuressaare Airport (Kuressaare Lennujaam). It is located 75 km away from Kuressaare on Ruhnu island in Liivi gulf. There is a grass airfield with direction 14/32, 600 x 60 m long. Airfield is equipped with radio equipment as well as meteorological service. New terminal building is situated near airfield.
A Visit to Saaremaa
I’m an enthusiast of outdoor activities and during summer; I usually take some time off my busy business schedule and take my family on a vacation. Last summer, was different. It was the first time that I would be taking my family for a vacation outside the country. They were all excited about it. Especially my nine year old daughter; who had seen the wait being a long one. I had started planning on the vacation two years early. During all this time, she would excitedly ask me when the vacation was due.
Finally, it was time. I had hastened things because of her. Thus, I had to choose a destination; which was quiet affordable; and could comfortably sit within my budget. That is how a visit to Estonia came into equation. I did my research well prior to the visit as well as the immense information about the best places to visit. Along with the pleasant activities; which take place during summer; made me conclude that Estonia would be nice for my family.
Also, the fact that the country has a vast coastline meant that holidaying along the coast would be wonderful. I knew that there must have been various investors in various fields of outdoor activities; who had seized the opportunity to invest along the coastline. Hence why there was much to expect there.
Vacationing in Kuresaare
My first choice of travel destination was Kuresaare beach. Also, the beautiful islands of Hiiumaa; where I expected to spend at least two week with my family there before moving to Tallinn. Where we would also spend another week. I had done some research of the region. It was a perfect destination for my family and I to experience nature at its best.
On the day of travelling; we were at Cardiff Airport in UK very early in the morning. We boarded KLM Airlines and made a stopover in Amsterdam at around 8:30 in the morning; where we stayed for an hour and half before we boarded Adrian Airlines. We arrived at Tallinn Airport in the afternoon. However, I decided to choose the airline because it didn’t have multiple stopovers. Hence why we would arrive on time; so that we could head to Saaremaa; where we had booked a hotel to stay.
Since our flight to Saaremaa was due in the evening we decided to hang around Tallinn town; till our flight was due. In the evening, we checked in in time. After, we were through with the security protocols at the airport. We then boarded Avies A S Airline. Then we flew to Kuresaare Airport. The airport wasn’t as huge as I had anticipated. But the staff there was very nice. We left the airport by bus, before taking another cab to take us to our hotel. We were all weary from travelling. Thus, after taking dinner; we called it a day.
Adventuring in Estonian Islands
The following day after breakfast we started our adventure at Panga Diving Resort. Being an avid diver; I was the first to take a shot in the waters to explore the coastal waters of the place. After sometime underground; I came back to find that my undergone had already undergone some basic training; and was ready to take a try. We had a good guide; who helped her dive and together we explored for some time. By the time we came out; my daughter was already bored. The reason was because she couldn’t dive. Thus, we had to leave the place.
From there we decided to go for activities; which would be inclusive for all. We opted to visit Vilsandi National Park. It was a great place to experience nature at its best. The atmosphere was cool and the air was very fresh and revitalizing. Our tour guide took us to various spots in the park; and explained to us various plants, trees and bird species. It was a nice place to sight see. As well as take scenic pictures. My daughter loved the nature hike trails.
We ended up spending the entire moment in the park
In the afternoon after we had a meal in the park; we headed back to Kuresaare. We went straight to the beach. However, we stayed at the beach for the rest of the evening; relaxing and sharing stories; as we enjoyed the warmth and comfort of the place. In the evening we decided to take a nature walk. The local people that we met were lovely. Along with a couple that we met suggested a traditional event; which was taking place at a local gallery.
We went there and stayed till 10 in the evening before heading back to our hotel. The next two weeks were spent visiting various places and participating in outdoor activities; mostly water related. Such as kayaking, canoeing and wakeboarding. Our stay was enjoyable and given a chance. I’d love to visit the place once more.