In line with its growth strategy, Finnair has today announced that it will be adding capacity on several popular European short-haul routes for the upcoming year.
Due to the popular demand of the new Reykjavik route which begins on 11 April, Finnair General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said the carrier would be adding a fifth weekly frequency on Wednesdays between 31 May and 11 August. Finnair’s route to Reykjavik will also become a year-round destination with three weekly frequencies during the winter season. These services are complemented by flights operated by Icelandair where Finnair has a code-share.
Mr Stone said Finnair will also increase capacity in Denmark with an additional daily frequency on weekdays to Copenhagen and a larger aircraft on the Billund route. From 14 May, five weekly frequencies will be added year-round to the Copenhagen route, including a morning flight from Copenhagen which will enable convenient day trips to Helsinki for business passengers. Compared to the previous summer season, Finnair is increasing capacity on the Copenhagen route by 21%. Finnair began flying to Billund last spring and will now increase its capacity on the route between June and August by flying four days per week with an Airbus A319, instead of an E90 aircraft. With this aircraft change, available capacity on the Billund route will now increase by 11%.
“Last year, Copenhagen was our largest destination from China and we see more potential in Denmark with our upcoming new destinations and growth plans,” said Finnair Chief Commercial Officer Juha Järvinen.
“We also started our route to Billund last spring and we have been very pleased as there is high demand from Finland to visit Legoland, in particular during the summer months and the route connects well to our Asian network via Helsinki."
In addition to the increased frequencies and capacity to Iceland and Denmark, following is news re changes to frequencies on other Finnair routes:
- A third daily frequency to Vilnius on weekdays will be added year-round from 15 May to open additional European and long haul connections from Lithuania’s capital
- A daily frequency will be added to Warsaw for the peak summer season between 5 June and 4 August
- An additional weekly frequency will be added to the Dublin route for the European Winter 2017 season
- The Saturday flight to Alanya-Gazipasa, Turkey, will be extended until the middle of December 2017
“Our journey towards growth continues and we are very pleased with our lineup of short-haul destinations for the upcoming year,” said Mr Järvinen.
“These exciting changes and developments for our airline reflect the increased demand, both from our Asian customers and our local customers, on these popular European routes.”
Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than nine million passengers annually and connecting 17 cities in Asia and 3 cities in North America with more than 60 destinations in Europe.
Finnair offers excellent connections from Australia with oneworld partners and was named Best International Airline – Offline Carrier in the prestigious AFTA National Travel Industry Awards in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.