Finnair opens direct flights to Minsk
Finnair is expanding its network with a new year-round route between Helsinki and Minsk that launches on 9 June 2018.
The move will boost connections between Finland and Belarus, with flights operating twice per week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with an Embraer 190 aircraft.
Finnair currently also co-operates with Belavia on the Helsinki-Minsk route and Finnair’s own flights will bring the total amount of weekly flights up to five.
Minsk is well known for its history, architecture and cultural arts scene. The city’s many museums and historical sites also offer interesting activities for travellers interested in history and culture.
Juha Järvinen, Finnair’s chief commercial officer, said: “A direct route to Minsk compliments well our network and will serve especially well customers travelling between Belarus and North America. Additionally, our new Minsk flights will connect well to Finnair’s Asian and European network.”
Meanwhile, Finnair is also extending the operating period for routes to Chicago and San Francisco in the USA.
The Helsinki-Chicago route, operated twice a week, will be extended until 3 December – it was originally due to operate from 19 April until 27 October. Chicago is the largest city in the American Midwest and a global hub for business, leisure and the arts. Finnair started a seasonal service to Chicago during the summer of 2015.
The Helsinki-San Francisco route, which again operates twice per week, is being extended until 5 December. The route was originally due to operate between 3 May and 27 September. San Francisco is well known for its buzzing food scene, hilly terrain, Victorian architecture and proximity to Silicon Valley. Finnair began a seasonal service to San Francisco during the summer of 2017.
Järvinen said: “Last summer, Chicago and San Francisco were very popular with our customers and the demand has also been strong for the upcoming summer season.
“We are very excited to offer these two important US destinations to our customers for a longer period in 2018. The extension of these flights will also better cater to the participants planning to attend the Slush tech event in early December.”