Finnair is to increase the frequency of flights from both Dublin and Edinburgh to its Helsinki hub this winter.

From October the carrier will operate up to six weekly flights between the Scottish and Finnish capitals, and up to nine weekly services from Dublin.

Three added frequencies from Edinburgh will operate on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, while from Dublin there will be four extra services on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Finnair says that the new flights will offer “quick and convenient connections to 19 destinations across Asia”, as well as “enhanced connectivity to Rovaniemi and Ivalo for a night under the Northern Lights or a magical visit to the home of Santa Claus”.

Commenting on the news Andrew Fish, Finnair General Manager UK, Ireland and Benelux, said:

“The UK and Ireland are key markets for Finnair so we know our customers will appreciate extra flights and more seats on services from Edinburgh and Dublin.

“We are adding nearly 10 per cent more capacity to the Edinburgh route, which equates to 25 additional flights. Throughout the winter period, our Dublin customers can benefit from an extra 13 per cent – or 168 flights in total, adding 13,561 additional seats between Dublin and Helsinki.

“The capacity boost enables Finnair to offer even more flexibility and easier network connections for our customers travelling from Scotland and the Republic of Ireland to destinations across the Far East and Asia, including our new fifth Japanese service to Sapporo launching on 15 December.”

Finnair recently opened a new Platinum Wing Lounge within the non-Schengen area of Helsinki airport, for the use of Finnair Plus Platinum and Platinum Lumo members, as well as Oneworld Emerald cardholders.