A whole range of extra frequencies and routes are boosting HEL’s profile even further, including to Sweden, Norway and Iceland.
Connections from Finland’s biggest airport around the world are growing significantly, with new routes, additional flights and larger aircraft.
About 50 airlines operate regularly at Helsinki, while the number of transfer connections has increased by more than 75% over the last decade.
Helsinki Airport is now undergoing a €900 million development program to raise capacity to 30 million passengers. Around 20 million are expected this year – an increasing number of them Chinese and Japanese.
Finnair’s new long-haul destination Nanjing can be reached with three flights a week this summer season and two flights a week in winter. The route will be launched in May. At the same time, the number of the airline’s flights from Helsinki to China will rise to 38 per week.
The airline will also increase frequencies to long-haul destinations such as Osaka and Delhi (every day). Two new weekly flights to Hong Kong will boost flights to 12 a week, and Finnair will add a fourth weekly flight to Phuket from December 10.
The Finnish national carrier will extend Helsinki-Chicago until December 3 and Helsinki-San Francisco to December 5, from dates earlier in the year.
Finnair will also increase frequencies in Europe. While starting a new destination, Lisbon, with daily flights in summer, to change to three a week later, Malaga, Funchal and Tenerife will all have one extra flight per week and Gran Canaria two.
In summer, Finnair will have 18 weekly flights to Barcelona and, starting from next winter, 10 weekly flights to Madrid. For Rome, Finnair will add two flights a week. It will extend the schedule on its Malta and Antalya routes to December 9 and start operating Alanya-Gazipasa around the year.
From December 11, the carrier will fly to Lyon twice a week, and the Stuttgart route, launched by Finnair this spring, will continue as a year-round route after summer 2018, with daily flights in winter.
The airline’s Edinburgh route will also be operated around the year. Since late March, meanwhile, Finnair has been flying to Berlin four times a day instead of three. During the summer season Finnair will fly to Budapest three times a day, while two weekly flights will be added for Krakow and one for Geneva.
Finnair will launch a direct, year-round link to Minsk on June 9 and later to Astana. It will also raise capacity on its Moscow, St Petersburg, Riga and Vilnius routes for the 2018-2019 winter season.
Finnair will also add new connections to Stockholm Bromma, with up to seven flights a day. It will also expand its cooperation with the BRA, as the Swedish airline started flying to Malmö Sturup with flights six days a week. In summer, BRA will also fly to Visby.
In May, Finnair will start flying direct to Bergen and Tromsø, operated in cooperation with Norwegian airline Widerøe. There will be a daily flight to Bergen and a weekly one to Tromsø. Finnair will also intensify frequencies to Reykjavik next winter, to five flights a week.
Within Finland, Finnair’s program for the summer will be supplemented with three more weekly flights, on top of the normal six, to Kuusamo, to be operated from midsummer to the end of September.
Next winter, Finnair will also add one more flight from to Rovaniemi. In addition, direct flights to Kittilä and Ivalo will be introduced this coming winter season, replacing a former daily triangle route with two direct routes.