Finnair Updates Flight Schedules for Summer Season

Regular services between Helsinki and Japanese destinations have been suspended, but the airline is launching a new route to Mumbai.

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Finnair has updated its traffic program for summer 2022, as the closure of Russian airspace continues to impact its Asian traffic. The carrier will fly from its Helsinki hub to almost 70 destinations in Europe, as well as five in North America and eight around Asia, including Mumbai, this season.

“Summer sees us increasing flights to over 300 daily flights,” said Ole Orvér, Finnair’s Chief Commercial Officer, in a statement. “We continue to serve our key Asian destinations despite the longer routings caused by Russian airspace closure, and also have an excellent offering in Europe and North America.”

Some long-haul flights to Asia have been cancelled, and consequently, frequencies in Finnair’s European network are being adjusted to account for the decrease in transit passengers. This summer, the airline will offer daily connections to Bangkok, Delhi, Singapore, and Tokyo, three weekly flights to Seoul, twice-weekly flights to Hong Kong, one weekly frequency to Shanghai, and a new route to Mumbai, flown three times a week. Tickets for the Mumbai flights will go on sale from April 5.

Finnair has taken the tough decision to suspend its services to Japan for the time being. It was originally scheduled to serve Tokyo Narita and Haneda airports, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, and Fukuoka with 40 weekly flights in total. Similarly, the airline has postponed the start of its Busan route a second time. The service was meant to begin this month, but shortly before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it was subsequently delayed to July. A new start date has not yet been announced.

On the other side of the Pacific, Finnair is actively growing its footprint in the United States. The inaugural nonstop flight to Dallas-Fort Worth took off on March 27, with four weekly flights offering seamless connectivity to fellow Oneworld carrier American Airlines’ extensive domestic network. A second new route, Helsinki–Seattle, will launch on June 1 with three weekly frequencies. Finnair already flies from Helsinki to New York JFK and to Chicago on a daily basis, and to Los Angeles three times a week. In addition, the airline operates a daily service between Stockholm Arlanda and New York JFK, while flying passengers from the Swedish capital to Los Angeles four times a week.

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