Finnair has announced that it will increase frequency of flights to some of its Asian destinations in Summer 2023 in response to high demand.
Expanded Asia schedule
As of 26th March 2023, Finnair will once again fly to Osaka, Japan. The airline will operate thrice-weekly flights between Helsinki and the Japanese city. Additionally, as of 27th March 2023, the airline will fly 4-times-a-week between Helsinki and Tokyo Narita. Finnair will also operate a daily flight to Tokyo Haneda from the Finnish capital.
Hong Kong, which has been gradually opening to international travellers, will see a daily flight from Finnair during the 2023 summer season. The Indian capital of Delhi will also receive a daily flight from Helsinki during this period.
We are happy to be able to respond to the increasing travel demand between Europe and key Asian destinations. In summer 2023, we will be operating altogether 14 weekly connections between Finland and Japan, and we have daily connections to Delhi and Hong Kong. The Helsinki Airport with its spacious new facilities offers an excellent experience both for customers visiting Finland and for those who continue onwards to one of our many European destinations.said Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair.
Finnair’s flights between Helsinki and Japan are operated in codeshare with Finnair’s long-term partners Japan Airlines and British Airways, offering more choice and flexibility for passengers travelling between Europe and Japan.
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Back to the basics!
Finnair has largely been a “connecting carrier” for those travelling between Europe, United States and Asia. The airline has always had a large North American and Asian schedule but it had to scale back its network due to the global pandemic, with Asia one of the hardest hit at the time.
Chinese and Japanese markets took the longest to open, with the Chinese market still not fully open to international travellers. Japan has been successful in reopening its borders and Finnair is once again showing its confidence in the Japanese market.
It’s great to see that Finnair is confident in the Hong Kong market. The island has been gradually reopening in the recent past but we still don’t know when will the traffic be back at pre-covid levels.
Talking about Delhi, the frequency increase was going to come so it’s nice to see now than at a later stage. Finnair offers easy connections to Europe and North America from India. The airline has been operating to Delhi for quite a few years now so it seems the traffic has certainly built up over the period to sustain a daily flight. The summer season is generally a peak period as school holidays are there and families flock to various European and North American destinations for holidays.
The Finnish flag carrier also started flights to Mumbai in 2022. The financial capital of India sees 3-weekly flights from Finnair to Helsinki currently and will continue to see the same in 2023 summer season. Also, there are high chances of Finnair launching flights to Bengaluru or Chennai in 2023 as officials from the airline have been discussing the same for quite sometime now.
Asia has always been a strong area for Finnair and it’s great to see Finnair back to its pre-covid network.
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