lydubai’s first flight from the Finnish capital, code-shared with Emirates, took off in foggy weather.
Flydubai started its daily route between Helsinki and Dubai in foggy weather late last week, making it the first airline to operate a year-round service directly between the Finnish capital and Dubai, according to Finland’s airport operator Finavia.
HEL says that the long-awaited new route adds to it being “the best connected airport in northern Europe”, with 145 routes around the world.
As it undergoes the biggest development programme in its history, with investment in this project totalling a billion euros, the airport is preparing total capacity to rise to 30 million passengers a year.
“Already this year, over 20 million passengers are expected to travel through Helsinki Airport,” says Joni Sundelin, the airport’s senior vice president and route development director.
“In spite of the great connectivity, Helsinki Airport has lacked a year-round direct route to Dubai. Hence, we are delighted to open this route.”
Code-shared with Emirates
Flydubai, a state-run low-cost carrier, will operate the new route on its brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, and the Helsinki route will be code-shared with Emirates as part of a partnership between the two Dubai-based airlines.
The Flydubai flight from Helsinki to Dubai took off 00:10 Finnish time, with the return service departing Dubai at 17:25 local time and arriving in Helsinki at 23:10.