Finnair Continued Strength in Helsinki Encourages Summer Growth

Finnair Continued Strength in Helsinki Encourages Summer Growth
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Helsinki-based carrier Finnair continues to grow it’s passenger numbers at a strong and steady rate, prompting growth in it’s Summer 2024 schedule.

The Finnish carrier has had a strong period this year, with the expectation that they will close out 2023 in the same way.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Finnair Strong Passenger Numbers for November…


Finnair Continued Strength in Helsinki Encourages Summer Growth
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Helsinki-based carrier Finnair carried 811,900 passengers in November 2023, which is 8.1% more than the same period last year.

Year to date, they have handled just over 10.1m passengers, which is an increase of 22.3% compared to the previous period.

Load factors were the highest in Europe, with this being 73.8%, and then North Atlantic traffic being recorded at 63.8% and Asian traffic at 71.2%.

In a statement, the Helsinki-based carrier said the following on the results:

“November passenger traffic figures improved year-on-year as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts have mostly faded and as the Russian airspace was closed during the comparison period.”

“The negative impact of the Russian airspace closure especially on Asian passenger traffic figures was, however, still visible in November 2023 compared to the pre-pandemic figures.”

“The distance-based reported traffic figures do not take into account longer routings caused by the airspace closure as they are based on Great-Circle distance.”

Helsinki-based Carrier Thinks to the Summer 2024 Season…


Finnair Continued Strength in Helsinki Encourages Summer Growth
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Helsinki-based carrier Finnair also today have discussed further expansion to their Summer 2024 network, with extra flights to Europe, Asia and the U.S.

Services to Dallas will increase from four weekly to six weekly, with an additional flight being added to the Shanghai service, bringing the total to three per week.

As has been previously mentioned also, Finnair will relaunch services between Helsinki and Nagoya by March 30 next year, which will run on a twice-weekly basis to begin with.

Services to Alicante will also restart from April 4 next year on a three times per week basis, with the carrier also aiming to utilise their Airbus A350 and A330s on short-haul flights.

It is understood this plan will see those aircraft operate flights up to 29 times per week, with the likes of Munich, London Heathrow & Amsterdam expected to benefit from the capacity upgrades.

“The extra flights to Europe, Asia and the US, come just ahead of the Christmas season, giving customers a chance to plan a summer to remember”, the carrier said in a statement.

Overall…


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It remains clear that the Helsinki-based carrier is performing well, and is wanting to upgauge services across the world where they can.

As has been seen throughout this year, Finnair has been able to get over the constraints handed to them with the closure of Russian airspace, and have been able to get past that period of negativity, as well as celebrating their 100th birthday too.

Looking ahead, all eyes will be on the Finnish carrier to see what else they have in store as we close out 2023 and enter 2024.

But for now, the airline is performing strongly in the best circumstances handed to them at this present time.

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