Petri Vuori, Vice President, Sales and Route Development at Finavia, commented: “We are constantly looking for new partners for Finnish airports to ensure comprehensive flight connections for both Finnish and international passengers. Helsinki Airport already has the most flight routes to Asia from Northern Europe, and the new carriers further solidify Helsinki’s position. Airlines make decisions about new routes based on thorough analysis, where the most important criterion is demand. From the airlines’ point of view, the advantages of Helsinki Airport include direct connections to other airports, as well as reliable and cost-efficient services.”
Vuori continued: “We want to be the best airport partner in Northern Europe for our customers, both new and existing ones. The role of Helsinki Airport as a crossroads for international air transport has grown significantly and, in 2018, the share of transfer passengers exceeded 35 per cent. For example, for Asian travellers, Helsinki Airport serves as a gateway to Finland and a transfer airport on the way to other parts of Europe.”
From spring 2019, Finnair will begin to implement the majority of the new routes: It will launch flights from Helsinki Airport to five new destinations. In Europe, the new summer destinations are Porto and Bordeaux, where Finnair will be flying twice a week from Helsinki, and Bologna with three flights a week. In addition, starting from late April, there will be seven flights a week to Hanover. For the summer season, there is also a new service from Helsinki to Los Angeles, operating three times a week.
In April, Norwegian will start summer season flights from Helsinki to Pisa, Italy and Tivat, Montenegro, operating once a week.
Wizz Air will fly from Turku to Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, twice a week, starting from July. Additionally, the airline’s new routes include Turku–London and Turku–Kraków, expanding Turku’s network of European cities.
Starting in summer 2020, there will be two flights a day between Helsinki and Hong Kong, and a total of 10 flights a week between Helsinki and Kansai. During the Japanese Golden Week in April there will be three flights per week instead of two – between Helsinki and Narita. There will be one additional daily connection on the Helsinki-London route. In addition, a larger aircraft will be used on the afternoon flights, which, together with the new daily connection, will bring more than 20 per cent more seats on the route. During the summer season, there will be up to seven daily flights from Helsinki to London.