Finnair will cease flying two of its shortest domestic routes, due to environmental considerations. The Finnish national carrier will replace its air service between its Helsinki hub and the cities of Turku and Tampere with a bus connection as of May 1, 2023.
Reducing CO2 footprint
Finnair has already replaced its mid-day flights from these cities with bus connections to lower the CO2 footprint of the routes.
Road and rail options are a more environmentally sustainable option for connecting these cities to Finnair’s Helsinki hub.
Perttu Jolma, Vice President, Network commented on the motivations behind the move saying:
“The flights to Tampere and Turku are very short, and the relatively low passenger numbers – around 35 percent load factors – on these routes cause them to have a higher CO2 emission per passenger than many other short routes in our network.”
“Road, or rail, transportation is a more sustainable option for connections between Helsinki Airport and these cities.”
“We understand that this decision disappoints customers who have used the flights, and we regret the inconvenience this causes them. We must, however, take both economic and environmental considerations into account,” Jolma says.
Short haul flights
The two flights in question are effectively less than half an hour in duration. The scheduled flight time to Turku and Tampere is 35 minutes, but the actual flight time is about 25 minutes.
Most customers arriving at Helsinki Airport for Finnair flights, for example, from the Tampere region, already come by bus, train, or car. This was already the case before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Seventy percent of Finnair Plus members with home addresses in Tampere started their flights from Helsinki Airport rather than from Tampere, despite the several daily flights available.
During the summer of 2023, Finnair will operate four bus services per day between Turku and Helsinki Airport and four bus services per day between Tampere and Helsinki Airport.
As of May 8, these routes start from the central bus stations of Turku and Tampere.
Bus connections will be able to be purchased together with the connecting flight. With the bus connection included in the booking, Finnair also guarantees connections in case bus or flight schedules are delayed.
In addition, customers arriving by bus to Helsinki Airport can use priority check-in, bag drop, and security for a smooth connection. The buses run on biodiesel and have internet connectivity and USB charging possibilities for convenience.
Finnair is the flag carrier airline of Finland and is headquartered in Vantaa, Finland. It was founded in 1923 and is one of the oldest airlines in the world.
Finnair operates flights to more than 100 destinations in over 30 countries, with a focus on Asia and Europe.
Finnair has a fleet of modern and efficient aircraft, including Airbus A320, A321, A330, A350, and Embraer E190 planes.
Commitment to sustainability
The airline is known for its excellent service, on-time performance, and its ongoing commitment to sustainability. In fact, Finnair was the first airline in the world to launch a biofuel-powered flight in 2011.