Finnair opens direct flights to Minsk and extends Chicago and San Francisco services

Finnair will open a direct year-round route between Helsinki and Belarus capital, Minsk on 9 June 2018.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen said the flights between Helsinki and Minsk would operate Tuesdays and Saturdays with an Embraer 190 aircraft.

Currently, Finnair also co-operates with Belavia on the Helsinki-Minsk route and Finnair’s own flights will bring the total amount of weekly services to four.

Minsk is well known for its history, architecture and cultural arts scene. The city’s many museums and historical sites also offer activities for travellers interested in history and culture. 

“A direct route to Minsk complements well our network and will serve especially well customers travelling between Belarus and North America,” said Finnair Chief Commercial Officer, Juha Järvinen.

“Additionally, our new Minsk flights will connect well to Finnair’s Asian and European network.” 

Ms Ruuskanen advised Finnair would be extending it Helsinki-Chicago route until 3 December 2018 with two weekly flights.

Originally, the route was set to operate from 19 April until 27 October. Chicago is the largest city in the American Midwest and a global hub for business, leisure and the arts. Finnair started a seasonal service to Chicago during the northern summer of 2015.

Ms Ruuskanen said Finnair’s Helsinki-San Francisco route would be extended until 5 December 2018 with two weekly frequencies. Originally, the route was to be operated from 3 May 3 until 27 September.  San Francisco is well-known for its buzzing food scene, hilly terrain and Victorian architecture. Finnair began a seasonal service to San Francisco during the northern summer of 2017.  

“Last summer, Chicago and San Francisco were very popular with our customers and the demand has also been strong for the upcoming summer season,” said Mr Järvinen.

“We are very excited to offer these two important US destinations to our customers for a longer period in 2018. By making some minor modifications to our traffic program, such as pushing back the starting dates for some of our long-haul leisure destinations, we’ve been able to extend the operating period for both destinations.”

Finnair offers excellent connections from Australia with oneworld partners to 19 destinations in Asia and seven in the Americas plus more than 100 Europe destinations.

Finnair was named Best International Airline – Offline in the prestigious 2017 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards for the fifth consecutive year.

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