Three new airlines start operations in Finland
Three new airlines will be welcomed in Finland during the summer season 2019 as Finavia continues to expand the selection of flight routes available at its airports.
In addition, Helsinki Airport and Turku Airport will celebrate the opening of a number of new routes.
Air Serbia, Tibet Airlines and Juneyao Air will start operations at Helsinki Airport in 2019. Air Serbia will link the capitals of Finland and Serbia by flying from Helsinki Airport to Belgrade three times a week, starting in June.
More routes to China
The Chinese carriers Tibet Airlines and Juneyao Air will strengthen Helsinki Airport’s Asian connections, with Tibet Airlines starting flights from Helsinki to Jinan in April, and Juneyao Air opening a year-round connection to Shanghai in June.
Petri Vuori, vice president, Sales and Route Development at Finavia, said: “We are constantly looking for new partners for Finnish airports to ensure comprehensive flight connections for both Finnish and international passengers.
“Helsinki Airport already has the most flight routes to Asia from Northern Europe, and the new carriers further solidify Helsinki’s position.”
Airlines make decisions about new routes based on thorough analysis, where the most important criterion is demand. From airlines’ point of view, the advantages of Helsinki Airport include excellent direct connections to other airports, as well as reliable and cost-efficient services.
“We want to be the best airport partner in Northern Europe for our customers, both new and existing ones,” added Vuori.
“The role of Helsinki Airport as a crossroads for international air transport has grown significantly and, in 2018, the share of transfer passengers of all departing passengers exceeded 35 per cent.
“For example, for Asian travellers, Helsinki Airport serves as a gateway to Finland and as a transfer airport on the way to other parts of Europe.”
New routes from Helsinki and Turku
In spring 2019, Finnair will launch a number of new routes, with flights from Helsinki Airport to five new destinations – Porto, Bordeaux, Bologna, Hanover and Los Angeles.
In April, Norwegian will start summer season flights from Helsinki to Pisa, Italy and Tivat, Montenegro, whlle Wizz Air will fly from Turku to Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, twice a week, starting from July.