Qatar Airways arrives in Helsinki

Direct route begins from Finland to Doha
Qatar Airways started direct flights between Helsinki and Doha yesterday. Airport operator Finavia says the new daily route will help it to break new passenger records.
Finavia explains that through Qatar Airways’ transfer connections, the route will give Finland access to more destinations in the southern hemisphere, including Africa, Australia and India.
“This is an important step for us as the leading transfer airport in the Nordics connects with a modern hub in the Middle East,” said Joni Sundelin, Finavia senior vice president.
The airline opened the new route with the wide-bodied A350, which on arrival at Helsinki Airport received the traditional water salute from Finavia’s fire engines.
“Launching our new route to Helsinki is a proud moment for the airline, completing our strategy of serving the needs of Europe’s Nordic capitals and facilitating connections for businesses, cultures and families between Finns and people throughout the world,” said Qatar Airways’ group chief executive Akbar Al Baker.
Finavia is running a major development program to expand Helsinki Airport and increase its transit capacity. Once the expansion is completed in 2020, the airport expects 20 million passengers per year, up from its 2015 record of 16.4 million.
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