Finnair expands winter schedule as travel resumes


Finnair plans to fly to 77 destinations next winter, including direct flights to the United States and Thailand from Helsinki and Stockholm.

The carrier said it should build its 2022-23 winter schedule with a ‘view of the closure of Russian airspace’, which has been in place since the start of the war in Ukraine and affects some of its routes to Asia.

Finnair’s winter schedule will include 10 Asian destinations, plus five cities in the United States and 62 European routes, but some services to Japan will remain suspended.

Ole Orver, Chief Commercial Officer of Finnair, said: “We are pleased to see travel resuming at a rapid pace, and our winter network is meeting the needs of both business and leisure travellers.”

Finnair will fly from its Helsinki hub to New York JFK, Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas Fort Worth and Chicago. There will also be services from Stockholm Arlanda to New York JFK, Los Angeles and Miami.

The carrier said its new premium economy cabin will be available on all departures to New York from Helsinki and Stockholm.

Asian destinations will include daily services to Delhi, Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo Narita, as well as connections to Mumbai, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Finnair will also serve Bangkok from Helsinki and Stockholm.

But flights to Tokyo Haneda, Nagoya, Osaka and Sapporo in Japan will remain suspended through the winter due to the closure of Russian airspace.

Russia blocked EU carriers from using its airspace in February in retaliation for the EU banning Russian airlines following the invasion of Ukraine.

On its short-haul network, Finnair will offer at least two daily frequencies to most European capitals.


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