The deal brings five new destinations for Finnair customers in China – and brings Chinese passengers closer to Scandinavia.
Less than a week after revealing a codeshare with Star Alliance member Juneyao Airlines, Finnair says it has agreed a new codeshare partnership starting on June 1 with China Southern, which left the SkyTeam alliance at the start of this year.
The deal includes the Finnair route between Helsinki and China Southern’s Guangzhou hub, plus “selected China Southern destinations in China”, the oneworld Finnish carrier says.
It adds five new destinations to Finnair’s network in China, and customers will be able to connect with China Southern from Guangzhou to Changsha, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Sanya, Wenzhou, Xiamen and Xi’an.
In addition, the China Southern code CZ will be added to Finnair flights from Helsinki to several destinations in Europe, many of them in Scandinavia: Amsterdam, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, London, Paris, Riga and Stockholm. The flights are available to book now.
Finnair recently moved to the new Terminal 2 at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, a terminal which is “optimised and designed for smooth transfer traffic,” the airline says.
This this move also supports the codeshare with China Southern, which offers extensive domestic connections from Guangzhou onwards.
“This codeshare opens up new destinations in China for our customers on the Helsinki-Guangzhou route, which we just extended to year-round operations,” said Christian Lesjak, senior vice president for network and resource management at Finnair.