The Finnish carrier is making its summer-season route to the sprawling port city year-round, as it moves to a “smooth” new terminal.
Finnair has revealed it is extending its seasonal Guangzhou route to year-round operations. It will operate between Helsinki and Guangzhou with two weekly frequencies during the coming 2019-2020 winter season.
Finnair launched its service Guangzhou, a sprawling port city near Hong Kong, as a summer route in 2016, currently flying four weekly frequencies in summer.
From this spring it will deploy a new Airbus A350 aircraft on the route, adding both passenger and cargo capacity.
“The extension of the operating season of our Guangzhou route is a logical next step in our Asian strategy,” says Christian Lesjak, Finnair SVP for network and resource management.
“Travel between Finnair’s Chinese destinations and Europe is increasing, and we are happy now to be able to offer year-round operations to our passengers and cargo customers.”
The announcement coincides with Finnair moving to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport’s new Terminal 2, which the Finnish carrier says “is optimised and designed for smooth transfer traffic”.
This move also will support a planned codeshare between Finnair and China Southern, which offers extensive domestic connections from Guangzhou. A deal on the codeshare and strategic partnership between the two airlines was signed in December.
Finnair currently serves seven Chinese destinations, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Xi´an and Hong Kong. This summer season it is operating up to 42 weekly frequencies to China from its Helsinki hub.