Finnair ups service between Manchester and Helsinki
Finnair is to increase capacity between Manchester and Helsinki by 12 per cent – representing more than 2,700 seats – during its winter schedule in response to passenger demand.
From December certain flights operated by Embraer aircraft will be flown on larger capacity Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft.
Finnair flights departing from Manchester are timed to connect via the airlines’ hub, Helsinki Vantaa Airport, to five additional Lapland airports.
Lapland offers a range of winter activities from ice fishing, sighting of Northern Lights and skiing to husky safaris and reindeer sleigh rides. Another top attraction is the home of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi – the Santa Claus Village is a short distance from the airport and provides a magical family experience throughout the winter.
Finnair is also growing its capacity to several Lapland airports from Helsinki for the winter 2017 season. Between 1 January and 24 March 2018, it will add four weekly frequencies to Rovaniemi on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, operating the route up to five times daily from Helsinki. Kuusamo will see a 23 per cent growth in seat capacity with three additional weekly frequencies on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays.
In addition, the daily triangle flight that was operated between Helsinki, Ivalo and Kittilä in the afternoon during the last winter season, will now be operated as non-stop flights on both the Helsinki-Ivalo and Helsinki-Kittilä routes.
Andrew Fish, the airline’s general manager, UK, Ireland and Benelux, said: “There is increased interest towards Finland and especially Lapland as tourist destinations, and we are pleased to be able to offer even more capacity between Manchester and Lapland via Helsinki in response to passenger demand.
“During the winter schedule this extra capacity will also benefit passengers wishing to book flights between Manchester and Asia via Helsinki, taking advantage of our short connection times and award winning Nordic on board service.”
Stephen Turner, commercial director at Manchester Airport, added: It is pleasing to see Finnair increase capacity on its route to Helsinki from Manchester Airport. This growth is a clear response to passenger demand to fly from the UK’s global gateway in the North. I am sure the 22m passengers in our catchment area will be happy with this news as they look to access Finland, and the excellent onward connectivity provided by Finnair.”
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