Finnair to open two Asian routes

8 Oct 2015

Finnair is launching two new routes, one to Fukuoka in Japan from spring next year and one to Guangzhou in China seasonally, between May 6 and October 29.

"We intend to double our Asian traffic by 2020 from the 2010 baseline, and these new destinations are an important step towards this target," said Pekka Vauramo, president and CEO of the airline. "We have a long tradition of connecting Asia and Europe with smooth fast connections via our Helsinki hub, and I look forward to expanding our network to these two exciting markets."

Both destinations will be served with an A330 aircraft.

The three times weekly Japanese service AY75 will depart Helsinki Airport on Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday at 1630 and arrive at Fukuoka Airport at 0800 the following day. The return flight AY76 will leave Japan on Friday, Sunday and Wednesday at 0930 and land in Finland at 1355.

The service to Fukuoka is part of the joint business between Finnair, British Airways and Japan Airlines, which enables offering more connections and flexibility for the airlines' customers with traffic between Japan and Europe.

On the new China route, the four times weekly flight AY67 will depart Finland on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 1700 and reach Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport at 0730+1. AY68 will take off again on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Monday at 1000 and touch down in Helsinki at 1500.

Guangzhou will be the carrier's sixth destination in Greater China, following the year-round services to Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and a summer service to Xi'an.

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Valerian Ho

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