Finnair to fly to Chicago, Lufthansa to Tampa

Finnair to axe Hanoi route in favour of another US route

Finnair will start flying to Chicago next summer, from June 13 to October 17. Lufthansa is also continuing to expand its network in the United States, and for the first time in its history it will fly to the Tampa Bay area, gateway to the West Coast of Florida.

Finnair’s flights to and from Helsinki will be operated three times a week with Airbus A330 aircraft. The service is included in the joint business on transatlantic traffic with fellow oneworld alliance partners British Airways, Iberia, American Airlines and American’s merger partner US Airways.

Chicago is a hub for American, which Finnair says will give customers quick codeshare connections to destinations throughout the US, including San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Passengers will be able to “mix and match” flights on different carriers for the best pricing and scheduling, Finnair stresses. For example, an itinerary could include a nonstop flight to Chicago in one direction, but a return flight connecting through another transatlantic hub if the timing is more convenient.

However, due to the new Chicago route, Finnair’s seasonal summer service to Hanoi will be discontinued. The airline’s previously announced new summer destinations in 2015 include Athens, Dublin, Malta and Split.

Meanwhile, Lufthansa’s new nonstop service from Frankfurt to Tampa will begin on September 25, 2015. The airline will operate five weekly flights in summer and four weekly in winter on an Airbus A340-300. Tampa Bay joins Miami and Orlando as Lufthansa’s third destination in Florida. The Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater area, a rapidly growing metropolitan region with nearly three million residents, sits on the Gulf of Mexico and boasts some of America’s best beaches.

Aviation Tribune / World Airline News

[pictured: Airbus A340-300; courtesy Finnair]