Extra capacity feeds demand of a rising tide of Asians
Finnair says it will add frequencies to popular destinations in Europe for both summer and winter 2018, as well as to winter destinations in Lapland for winter 2018-19. The extra capacity is feeding the demand of the rising tide of Asians flying to the airline’s European destinations, the airline says.
Starting in June, Finnair will add flights to its new year-round destination Lisbon, where it will operate daily during the summer. It is also adding frequencies to Barcelona, operating up to 18 weekly flights during the high season.
Budapest will get a third daily flight for summer, with improved connections to Finnair’s US network. In addition, Krakow will get two new weekly frequencies, with improved connections to Asia and America.
Geneva will get one additional weekly frequency in summer and winter 2018, and Finnair will fly again to Astana, with two weekly frequencies in July and August.
Driven by demand from Asia, the Finnish carrier is also adding frequencies to its winter 2018-19 schedules, flying to Madrid with a total of 10 weekly connections and Reykjavik with two additional weekly frequencies.
More flights to Lapland too
Asian demand is fuelling traffic to Finnish Lapland too, where Finnair is adding over 230 flights for winter 2018-19, offering more connections to Ivalo, Rovaniemi, Kittilä and Kuusamo during the peak travel season.
Altogether, Finnair will offer 482,000 seats to Lapland during that winter season, an increase of 15% on the current winter. It will also continue the non-stop flights from London Gatwick, Paris and Zürich to Lapland.
Meanwhile, Finnair is launching a new Rail & Fly project with Deutsche Bahn, combining air and rail travel, where customers buying a Finnair ticket to or from Germany can include a rail trip in their booking, covering more than 5,600 rail stations in Germany.