Finnair continues to grow its traffic and will add frequencies to popular destinations in Europe for the European Summer and Winter periods in 2018 and increase flights to popular destinations in Finnish Lapland for the peak season in the 2018/19 European Winter.
The additions are being fuelled by the increasing number of Asians travelling to Finnair’s European destinations.
Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said, starting in June 2018, Finnair would add frequencies to its new year-round destination, Lisbon, operating daily flights during the European Summer.
Mr Stone said Finnair would also add frequencies to Barcelona, operating up to 18 weekly flights during the high season in the 2018 European Summer.
Budapest will get a third daily flight for the Summer season, with improved connections to Finnair’s US network.
In addition, Krakow will get two new weekly frequencies, with improved connections from Krakow to Asia and America, and Geneva will get one additional weekly frequency in during the 2018 Summer and Winter. Finnair will also fly again to Astana, with two weekly frequencies in July and August.
Driven by demand from Asia, Finnair is also adding frequencies to its European Winter 2018/19 schedules.
Mr Stone said Finnair would fly to Madrid with a total of 10 weekly connections in Winter 2018 with Reykjavik to get two additional weekly frequencies for Winter 2018/19.
Asian demand is also fuelling Finnair’s growing traffic to Finnish Lapland, known for its untouched nature, northern lights and possibilities for snow activities.
Finnair is adding more than 230 flights to Finnish Lapland for the European Winter 2018/19, offering more connections to the popular Winter destinations of Ivalo, Rovaniemi, Kittilä and Kuusamo during the peak travel season.
Altogether, Finnair will offer 482,000 seats to Lapland during the 2018/19 Winter season, an increase of 15% compared to the current Winter. Finnair will also continue the non-stop flights from London Gatwick, Paris and Zürich to Lapland during Winter.
Meanwhile Mr Stone said Finnair would be launching Rail & Fly with Deutsche Bahn, combining air and rail travel, enabling customers buying a Finnair ticket to or from Germany and include a rail trip in their booking. This trip will be available at some 5600 railway stations in Germany.
“We are happy to continue to offer improved connections for our customers,” said Finnair Chief Commercial Officer, Juha Järvinen.
“Finnair is undergoing the fastest growth period of its history, offering more choice and more possibilities for Europe-Asia travel than ever before.”
Finnair offers excellent connections from Australia with oneworld partners and flies between Asia/North America and Europe with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki.
Finnair carries more than nine million passengers annually and connects 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.
Finnair has been named Best International Airline – Offline in the prestigious 2017 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards for the fifth consecutive year.