Finnair plans European expansion for Summer 2023

A Finnair Airbus A220 climbs against mountains.
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LONDON – Finnair has revealed its European schedule for the coming summer, including a range of new routes. The Finnish carrier’s short-haul program will see the inception of new routes to Ljubljana, Bodø and Milan Linate Airport.

It will also see an increase in flight frequencies to several European capitals, such as Berlin, Copenhagen, Vilnius and Riga.  

New European route operations

The Finnish carrier will launch three weekly flights to the Norwegian gateway of Bodø for the first time, expanding its connectivity across the Nordic region.

Complementing existing services to Milan Malpensa, services to Italy will also get a boost, with the addition of flights to Milan’s most convenient airport – Milan Linate. 

Services will be relaunched to the popular Slovenian city of Ljubljana, for those looking to experience some of Europe’s most dramatic scenery.

Summer 2023 will see Finnair fly to more than 50 destinations across Europe, with additional frequencies to the added to popular European cities including Berlin, Copenhagen, Vilnius and Riga. 

Ole Orvér, Finnair Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Travel has recovered at a good pace so we are increasing flights to popular destinations across Europe for leisure and business travellers.

“We also rescheduled a number of services – both long and short-haul – to ensure seamless connectivity for our flights to Japan to meet the increase in demand from Asia.”

Long-haul connections

Next summer, the Nordic carrier will offer long-haul connections to Tokyo-Narita, Tokyo-Haneda, Osaka, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Mumbai, Doha, Tel Aviv, Dallas, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and New York.

In response to growing air travel demand following the easing of restrictions in the Asia region, Finnair added flights between its Helsinki hub and key destinations in Asia for summer 2023.

The COVID-19 impact, including the strict travel restrictions imposed by some countries, had affected passenger traffic figures in December 2022, and it was particularly visible in the Asian figures.

The Russian airspace closed at the end of February due to the counter sanctions related to the war in Ukraine, which resulted in route and frequency cancellations in Asian traffic.

Thanks to robust demand for cargo, Finnair, however, continued operating to most of its Asian destinations despite the longer routings.

The negative impact of the airspace closure on Asian passenger traffic figures, which were already affected by the pandemic, was, nevertheless, visible in December.

Moving into summer 2023, the airline will also resume flights between Helsinki and Osaka with three weekly flights and adds frequencies to Tokyo Narita Airport.

Finnair is also adding frequencies to Hong Kong and Delhi, operating daily to both of these cities during the 2023 summer season.  

Closer to home, Finnair operates direct flights from Helsinki to London Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh and the Irish capital Dublin, allowing customers to connect onto scores of popular destinations.

Finnair offers smooth and easy transfers between flights from as little as 35 minutes, thanks to all flights operating from the same terminal.

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