Finnair is to resume its Helsinki-Hong Kong route this week, after a temporary suspension of five months.

The carrier will initially offer a weekly A350 service from this Thursday (July 6), and from August 4 the route will feature Finnair’s new business and premium economy seating.

The flight will depart Helsinki on Thursdays at 0005, arriving into Hong Kong at 1715, with the return leg leaving on Fridays at 2045, landing back into the Finnish capital at 0555 the following day.

The airline said that the service had been “specifically timed to allow easy connections from Finnair’s destinations across the UK and Ireland”.

In recent months the carrier has been forced to adapt its Far East network to avoid Russian airspace due to the conflict in Ukraine.

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Finnair did not comment specifically on the implications for the Hong Kong route, but stated that “flight times have been extended by 10-40 per cent on Finnair’s Asian routes”.