Finland’s flag carrier aims to fly to nearly 100 destinations by the second quarter of next year.
As Asia and the United States gradually reopen to foreign travelers, Finnair has outlined plans to expand its global network during the summer season from March 27, 2022. The airline will launch new long-haul routes to Busan, Tokyo Haneda, Dallas, and have Sapporo as a summer destination for the very first time.
Ole Orvér, Finnair’s Chief Commercial Officer, said in a statement, “Before the pandemic, Japan was our single largest market outside our home market Finland, and we look forward to returning to all our five destinations in Japan. We are also opening a new route to Busan in South Korea, demonstrating our continuous commitment to offering the best and most sustainable connections between Europe and Asia via our Helsinki hub.”
If travel restrictions allow, Finnair will resume services to all the five destinations in Japan it served before the pandemic — Tokyo Narita, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Sapporo — and launch flights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Altogether, Finnair will operate up to 40 weekly flights between Helsinki and Japan in the summer of 2022. Of these, 14 will be flown to the Japanese capital, with both Haneda and Narita served on a daily basis. Daily flights to Nagoya and Osaka are also scheduled; Finnair will introduce a second daily service to Osaka in June. Finnair’s Sapporo route is being rolled out for the summer season for the first time with two flights a week, and Fukuoka will be served thrice-weekly from Helsinki.
Finnair currently serves Shanghai and flies on a daily basis to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Singapore. The new Helsinki–Busan route will be launched in March with flights operated three times a week, while Finnair aims to steadily ramp up the frequency of its thrice-weekly service to Delhi, which will go daily next June.
Over in North America, the carrier will fly to Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, and add Dallas to its network on February 7, 2022 with services operated four times a week. As intercontinental traffic grows, Finnair plans to strengthen its European network from Helsinki with connections to more than 70 cities around the continent, including new destinations such as Larnaca and Zagreb.
Finnair passengers can also expect an improved customer experience with the ongoing expansion of Helsinki Airport. Terminal 2, which is dedicated to non-Schengen and long-haul flights, is getting a facelift: a new entrance, arrivals hall, and travel center with new parking and public transportation arrangements will debut this December. Expanded security control and check-in areas are then scheduled to open in the summer of 2022.