Winter 18/19: Finnair opens new route to Lyon, adds long-haul frequencies to Osaka, Hong Kong, Delhi and Phuket
Finnair today announced the opening of a new winter route to Lyon, France, for the 2018/2019 winter season. Known for its gastronomy, historical landmarks and its proximity to the French Alps, Lyon is the second largest metropolitan area in France. As of December 11, Finnair will fly two weekly flights to Lyon from its Helsinki hub with an E90 aircraft. Operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays, the flights will offer smooth connections to Finnair’s Asian network.
Continuing with its growth strategy, Finnair is receiving its twelfth A350 aircraft in 2018 and will be adding several frequencies to its popular long-haul destinations. Finnair’s route to Osaka will now become daily during the winter season with two additional frequencies on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Two additional frequencies will also be added to the Hong Kong route on Fridays and Sundays, for a total of 12 weekly frequencies. Finnair’s route to Delhi will become a daily destination during the winter season with the addition of a flight on Wednesdays and a fourth weekly frequency will also be added to the Phuket route on Mondays starting as of December 10. In addition, the schedule for Finnair’s flight to Miami will be modified so it better coincides with Finnair’s other North American departures and its connecting flights to Europe.
Additional short-haul frequencies will also be added to popular Finnair destinations in Europe during the winter season. An additional weekly frequency will be added to Malaga, Funchal and Tenerife, two weekly frequencies will be added to both Rome and Gran Canaria and a daily flight on weekdays will be added to Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland. Furthermore, Finnair will continue its non-stop flights to Lapland from London Gatwick, Paris and Zurich.
Finnair will also be extending the operating period on some of its existing routes. Malta and Antalya will now continue operating from the 2018 summer season until December 9. The routes to Edinburgh and Alanya-Gazipasa will also be extended for the winter, making them new year-round destinations for Finnair.
“Finnair is currently in the largest expansion phase of its history and we are pressing forward by growing our capacity to popular destinations in Asia and Europe,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair. “These added frequencies will offer our customers with more choice and flexibility for their winter plans.”
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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 eight 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.