Travelers will be flown four times weekly on a new routing that will lengthen journey times by a few hours.
On March 9, Finnair is poised to restore its regular passenger and cargo flights to Tokyo Narita, but a major detour will be necessary to avoid Russian airspace in light of Moscow’s current ban on all EU carriers. The estimated flight time on the route is now approximately 13 hours, a significant increase compared to the days before the war in Ukraine. Ordinarily, it would take only nine and a half hours on the eastbound service, and 10 hours and 15 minutes on the return.
“Japan is one of our most important markets, and we want to continue offering safe and reliable connections between Helsinki and Tokyo also in this situation”, said Ole Orvér, Finnair’s Chief Commercial Officer, in a statement. “Japan is also an important cargo market, and air connections are needed to keep cargo moving.”
Finnair will deploy Airbus A350-900s from Helsinki to Tokyo Narita four times per week; Flight AY 073 is scheduled to depart on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. local time. The Tokyo–Helsinki route will be operated on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with Flight AY 074 departing Narita at 10:40 p.m. local time.
Last Sunday, the airline cancelled its flights to China, Japan, and South Korea until March 6. Finnair continues to serve Bangkok, Delhi, Phuket, and Singapore, with a slightly longer routing that adds about one hour each way. Finnair also flies to Bangkok and Phuket from Stockholm Arlanda in addition to Helsinki.
“We continue to evaluate possible alternative routings for our flights to China and South Korea and will communicate on these as soon as the plans are finalized,” Orvér added.