Finnair and China Southern launch codeshare cooperation that brings five new destinations for Finnair customers in China

Finnair and China Southern have agreed on new codeshare partnership starting on 01 June, 2019. The cooperation includes the Finnair route between Guangzhou and Helsinki, and selected China Southern destinations in China. The new codeshare partnership adds five new destinations to Finnair´s network in China, and customers will be able to connect with China Southern from Guangzhou to Changsha (CSX), Chongqing (CKG), Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing (NKG), Sanya (SYX), Wenzhou (WNZ), Xiamen (XMN) and Xi´an (XIY).

In addition, China Southern code CZ will be added to Finnair flights from Helsinki to several popular destinations in Europe: Amsterdam (AMS), Billund (BLL), Copenhagen (CPH), Goteborg (GOT), London (LHR), Paris (CDG), Riga (RIX) and Stockholm (ARN).

The new codeshare flights can be booked from 21 May, 2019 onwards.

Finnair recently moved to the new Terminal 2 in Guangzhou Baiyun Airport. Terminal 2 is optimised and designed for smooth transfer traffic. This this move also supports the codeshare collaboration between Finnair and China Southern, who offers extensive domestic connections from Guangzhou onwards.   

“We´re very excited about this first step of our partnership with China Southern. This codeshare opens up new destinations in China for our customers on the Helsinki-Guangzhou route, which we just extended to year-round operations. China is among our top markets globally, and we are delighted to be able to offer more destinations to our customers from Guangzhou onwards”, says Mr Christian Lesjak, Senior Vice President, Network and resource management at Finnair. “During this summer, we operate up to 42 weekly flights between Greater China and Helsinki, including four flights to Guangzhou.”

“We are very honored to establish the partnership with Finnair, one of the world's leading airlines with extensive network and high level of service. Through cooperation we will further expand our network to the Nordic. Finland is a popular tourist and business destinations, we are very glad to provide opportunity for travelers from all over the world to visit Helsinki more easily”, says Mr WU Guoxiang, Senior Vice President of International and Corporate Relations at China Southern. “Passengers can enjoy a convenient and smooth transfer process, with through check-in, seamless connectivity and other ground handling services. We will continue to work closely with our codeshare partners to provide seamless travel experience for passengers constantly.”

About China Southern Airlines

As China’s largest carrier with over 800 aircraft and more than 100,000 employees around the globe, China Southern ranks 1st in Asia and 3rd in the world with regards to fleet size and maintains the highest safety record in China. China Southern Airlines has formed an extensive network with Guangzhou and Beijing as its hubs, covering all of China, radiating throughout Asia and linking Europe, America, Oceania & Africa, building an international network-oriented airline. China Southern operates more than 3,000 daily flights to 224 destinations in 40 countries and regions. China Southern has been awarded as Skytrax 4-star airline, with continues efforts to provide passengers seamless and attentive travel experience.

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