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Foodie destinations for Finns in summer 2019

Finnair is to add three new leisure routes for next summer, each of which has a famous connection to food and drink.

Broadening the choice of summer holiday flights for Finns next year, Finnair has announced three new leisure routes from Helsinki, to Bologna, Bordeaux and Porto. The airline says capacity also will be added to other summertime destinations.

Finnair will fly up to three weekly flights to Bologna in Italy between April 10 and October 18.

Bologna is well known for its gastronomy and wine scene, although a new theme park dedicated to food and drink that opened at the end of 2017 on the outskirts of the city has received mixed reviews.

More relevantly to Finnish sun-seekers, the city is a gateway to the Italian coastline as well as other attractive cities and regions.

Referring to its wider network, the airline says that “some of the flights will offer excellent connections for customers travelling from and to Finnair’s Asian destinations”.

Wine capital
Finnair will fly up to two weekly flights to Bordeaux in southwestern France between May 11 and September 14. Often referred to as the wine capital of the world, the city is known for its food and wine scene and its UNESCO-protected historic centre. It has also been announced as a summer 2019 destination for Copenhagen.

As for Porto, the Finnish carrier will fly two weekly flights there between June 21 and August 12. Located on the northern Portuguese coast, it is Portugal’s second biggest city and it is the home of port wine. This route follows what Finnair describes as the “successful launch of flights to Lisbon in 2018”.

All three new routes will be operated with an A319 aircraft.

Finnair will also add capacity to some of its other leisure destinations, with an additional weekly frequency each added to Alanya, Palma de Mallorca, Split and Tel Aviv. It will also fly an additional triangular flight on Wednesdays between Helsinki, Ivalo and Kittilä from April 24 to October 23.

“The three [new destination] cities and surrounding areas have plenty to offer our customers and we fully expect the routes to be popular with food enthusiasts as all three regions are superb culinary and wine regions,” affirms Juha Järvinen, Finnair’s chief commercial officer.

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