Finnair’s Chief Commercial Officer, Ole Orvér, said as the share of fully vaccinated people continues to increase and societies are opening, travel is picking up in several markets.
As a result, he said, Finnair is meeting the increased travel demand by adding frequencies and destinations in its network to Europe, Asia and North America for the upcoming winter season.
At present, Finnair continues to serve its key Asian destinations, flying daily to Tokyo, Seoul and Bangkok, and offers multiple weekly frequencies to Singapore and Hong Kong.
Wayfarer’s James Wilkinson checks out some of Finnair’s new lounges at Helsinki Airport
Finnair’s Osaka service resumes in October, he said, expanding Finnair’s presence back into the Japanese market, with Nagoya joining this route portfolio in February.
Finnair will also start serving its Dubai connection with a wide-body aircraft, according to Orvér.
“We are excited to be able to expand the breadth and depth of our network, enabling better connections for customers as travel continues to pick up,” he said.
“Finnair is also re-introducing services to support a smooth and convenient travel experience. We opened our Schengen lounge already in August, and Finnair’s Non-Schengen Lounge at Helsinki airport will open in early October.
“Our customers can enjoy our newly refreshed onboard food and drink service where we combine Nordic flavours with tastes borrowed from our friends abroad. The best Finnair fares are available on Finnair.com and Finnair mobile app, where shopping is easy and convenient,” Orvér said.
He said Finnair will strengthen its North American services and will serve Chicago, previously a summer route, throughout the winter season.
Finnair also serves New York daily from Helsinki and operates three weekly flights to Miami and Los Angeles respectively. In addition to serving North America from its Helsinki hub, Finnair will introduce direct routes to Los Angeles and New York from Stockholm, Sweden. Finnair will also introduce direct routes from Stockholm to Miami, Phuket and Bangkok, as previously announced.
Orvér said Finnair’s European network will rapidly increase in frequencies throughout the winter, with double daily services to key European cities such as Amsterdam, Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin and Frankfurt, and three daily frequencies to London and Paris. Finnair also increases frequencies to St. Petersburg to support the traffic flows to Finnair’s North American destinations.
He said Finnair also offers multiple frequencies daily to Scandinavian capitals, and Finnair will introduce Krakow and Gdansk for the winter season. Finnair will increase frequencies to the popular holiday destinations in Spain, serving Malaga, the Canary Islands, Madrid and Barcelona with multiple weekly frequencies.
Also the Finnish Lapland continues to attract winter travellers, Orvér said, and Finnair offers four daily connections to Rovaniemi, Ivalo and Kittilä, and two daily services to Kuusamo, with smooth connections from Helsinki.