Finnair’s expansion to reach all-time high during winter season – new routes opening to India, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Lapland

Finnair is poised to enter the largest expansion in its history during the upcoming winter season. With its fast-connecting hub in Helsinki, Finnair offers one of the most reliable and convenient networks linking several key destinations in Europe with Asia and North America.

Finnair’s growth strategy will be in full swing during the winter season with 20 intercontinental destinations, over 100 destinations in Europe and a significant increase in capacity for Lapland destinations.

Finnair is opening new routes to Goa, India on November 1, to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on November 5, to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic on November 30 and to Havana, Cuba on December 1.

“This winter, we are entering the biggest expansion phase in our airline's 94-year history,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair. “We are opening several new destinations, expanding our network and fleet including our eleven Airbus A350s, adding capacity to Finnish Lapland and taking important strides in our customer experience. It’s a very exciting time to fly Finnair.”

Due to the continued increase in demand for Lapland as a tourist destination, Finnair is also heavily expanding its capacity to several Lapland airports for the upcoming winter season. Finnair is the leading airline flying to Lapland with several weekly connections, and timetables designed to support smooth connections from Europe, Asia and North America.

Finnair is increasing its capacity to Lapland by over 20%. As of mid-December, Finnair will start flying new non-stop flights to Lapland airports from London Gatwick, Paris and Zurich. Finnair is also increasing its capacity from Helsinki airport to several Lapland airports for the entire winter season, and offers a total of 430,000 seats to five of Lapland’s airports during the winter season.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Finnair flies to the following intercontinental destinations:

· 16 weekly to Bangkok
· 14 weekly to Tokyo Narita as joint business with Japan Airlines
· 10 weekly to Hong Kong
· 7 weekly to Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and New York JFK
· 6 weekly to Delhi
· 5 weekly to Osaka and Nagoya
· 3 weekly to Chongqing, Phuket and Miami
· 2 weekly to Goa, Havana and Krabi
· 1 weekly to Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Plata and Ho Chi Minh City

Further information:
Finnair Media Desk, +358 9 818 4020, comms(a)finnair.com 
www.finnair.com, www.finnairgroup.com
www.twitter.com/Finnair
www.facebook.com/finnair
www.instagram.com/feelfinnair

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Finnair blog: blogs.finnair.com

About Finnair
Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than ten million passengers annually. In 2017, Finnair's extensive network connects 19 cities in Asia and 7 cities in North America with over 100 destinations in Europe. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, was the first European airline to fly the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and it is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. The only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past seven years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld, the alliance of the world's leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.

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Finnair is specialised in flying between Europe and Asia via Helsinki. Finnair's strategy is based on the growing markets in Asia, the fastest connections between Europe and Asia, high-quality service, and cost-efficient, punctual operations. Founded in 1923, Finnair is one of the world's oldest continuously operating airlines. It is a member of oneworld, the leading airline alliance for quality-conscious business travelers.

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