Entries in Helsinki (5)


Sunwing starts Toronto-Lisbon; EasyJet cuts London-Helsinki

Canada's Sunwing Airlines inaugurated a non-stop weekly service between Toronto's Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ; ICAO: CYYZ) and Lisbon's Portela Airport (IATA: LIS; ICAO: LPPT) today.  The eastbound flight will operate weekly, on Wednesday.  The westbound flight will operate weekly on Thursday.  Toronto-Lisbon is scheduled to depart Pearson International at 9:20 in the evening, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive at Lisbon-Portela at 9:40 in the morning the following day, local time.  Lisbon-Toronto is scheduled to depart Portela at 12:10 in the afternoon, local time, and arrive back in Toronto at 3:20 in the afternoon, local time.  Sunwing flies a fleet of Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 767-300ER models.  It is unknown which of the two Boeing models will operate along this route.

According to Travel Week Canada, Sunwing will fly to other European destinations this summer as well, from both Toronto and Montreal's Trudeau International (IATA: YUL; ICAO: CYUL).  It will fly between Pearson, and Gatwick in London (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) four times a week; between Trudeau, and Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG) in Paris twice weekly; between Pearson and de Gaulle twice weekly; and between Pearson and Ireland's Dublin Airport (IATA: DUB; ICAO: EIDW) once weekly.  It will also fly between Toronto and the coastal Portuguese town of Porto (IATA: OPO; ICAO: LPPR) once weekly, and between Toronto and Rome (IATA: FCO; ICAO: LIRF) once weekly.

Meanwhile, today the United Kingdom's popular no frills airline EasyJet flew its year-round London-Helsinki route for the last time (in the foreseeable future at least).  EasyJet flew the route through Gatwick Airport in London, and Vantaa Airport (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK) in Finland.  EasyJet cited "lack of demand" as the reason for the contraction.  The no frills carrier based at London's Luton Airport (IATA: LTN; ICAO: EGGW) ended its Manchester-Helsinki route earlier this month, according to the U.K website Air & Business Travel News.  EasyJet plans to stop its Paris-Helsinki route early next month.

original stories

Sunwing to add six more cities to its European program this summer (Travel Week Canada)

Easyjet to stop serving Helsinki (Air & Business Travel News)

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Finnair starts Helsinki-Singapore non-stop round-trip route

Yesterday, the Finnish flag carrier airline Finnair, inaugurated a daily non-stop round-trip route between its hub at Vantaa International Airport (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK) in Helsinki, and Changi International Airport (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) in Singapore.  According to search engine results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights, the daily southeast-bound flight will depart Helsinki at 11:40 in the evening, local time, and arrive in Singapore at 4:10 in the afternoon the next day, local time.  The daily northwest-bound flight is scheduled to depart Singapore at 11:30 in the evening, local time, and arrive in Helsinki at 6:35 in the morning the following day.   The route will be flown with the Airbus A340.

 Finnair CEO Mika Vehviläinen praised the success of the airline's "Asian strategy," and identified the airline's "target group of consumers" as being those "travelling between Asia and Europe on business."  The time slots mentioned above were calculated by the airline to provide particular convenience to Finnish-based business travelers flying to Asia on business, and then back to Finland.

Finland is home to telecommunications giant Nokia, the second-largest company in the Nordic countries by revenue, and the most profitable company in the Nordic countries, according to Forbes Magazine's Global 2000 list, released in 2008.  Finland is also the only Nordic country to use the Euro as its currency, perhaps tying it more closely to much of the rest of Europe, and the rest of the world economically, than its Nordic neighbors Sweden and Norway.  Singapore is an island nation off the southeast end of the Malay Peninsula.  It is home to a number of high-profile firms, both regionally and worldwide, including the investment firm Temasek Holdings, the parent company of Singapore Airlines.

Although the route targets business travelers, a coach seat on the Helsinki-Singapore flight leaving tonight can still be paired with a coach seat on any return flight toward the beginning of June, for a mere 709 EUR round trip, according to www.kayak.com (947 AUD; 615 GBP; 81913 JPY; 1239 NZD; 1250 SGD; 1013 USD).  Business class seats for such a spontaneous round-trip itinerary are six times as expensive.

The listed length of the southeast-bound flight (Helsinki-Singapore) is 11 hours 30 minutes.  The listed length of the northwest-bound flight (Singapore-Helsinki) is 12 hours 5 minutes.  The difference is because in the temperate and tropical latitudes, the jet stream moves west to east.  Singapore operates five hours ahead of Helsinki during European Summer Time, and six hours ahead of Helsinki during all other times.

Finnair heavily promotes its non-stop connections to eastern Asia, of which it boasts more per week than any other European-based airline.

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Finnair adds flights to Japan and South Korea

Yesterday Finnair, the national airline of Finland, added a new weekly flight in each direction between its Helsinki hub Vantaa Airport (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK) and the Japanese city of Nagoya.  Finnair flies to Nagoya's Chūbu Centrair International Airport (IATA: NGO; ICAO: RJGG), a facility constructed on an artificial island in the Ise Bay between 2000 and 2005, 22 miles (35 kilometers) south of Nagoya.  Chūbu Centrair International Airport is one of five Japanese offshore airports and is one of two built on a manmade island.  Despite its relative isolation, passengers may easily access the facility by automobile via a toll road, by train, by bus, or by ferry.  This additional weekly flight introduced by Finnair increases the number of weekly round-trips between the two locations to five.  The newly added round-trip will operate each Friday, indefinitely.

Moreover, as of today, Finnair has increased the frequency of its flights between Helsinki and the Japanese city of Osaka.  Finnair operates out of the North terminal at Kansai International Airport (IATA: KIX; ICAO: RJBB), 24 miles (38 kilometers) southwest of central Osaka.  With this addition of one more weekly flight, Finnair now flies between Helsinki and Kansai International - the other Japanese airport constructed on an artificial island - six times a week.

Today, Finnair also added a weekly flight in each direction to Incheon International Airport (IATA: ICN; ICAO: RSKI) in the South Korean capital of Seoul.  Finnair plans to resume a suspended route between Helsinki and Changi International (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) in Singapore in May, and to increase the frequency of its existing service between Helsinki and Hong Kong International (IATA: HKG; ICAO: VHHH) in June.

Finnair heavily promotes its non-stop connections to eastern Asia, of which it boasts more per week than any other European-based airline.

original stories

Finnair increases flights to Asia (GlobeNewswire)

Finnair adds flights to Nagoya (GlobeNewswire)

Finnair's growth in Asia continues, additional flights to Osaka (GlobeNewswire)


Finnair will buy 20 percent of Finnish Commuter Airlines

Finnair, the national airline of Finland, has announced plans to buy a 20 percent share of an associated regional airline called Finnish Commuter Airlines (often called "Finncomm").  It will also buy all the stock in the company that owns the 14 aircraft operated by Finnish Commuter Airlines.  The deal will be finalized later this year.  Through Finnish Commuter Airlines, customers of Finnair have access to a number of smaller nearby European cities, including Stuttgart, Germany since August 18.

Moreover, Finnair and Finncomm have reached a codeshare agreement on how to handle short-range flights this coming winter.  Finncomm will fly a number of domestic routes, and also fly between Helsinki and Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.  According to Finnair's press release, this agreement superscedes the one previously made with the British low-cost, short-range carrier FlyBe Limited.

Finnair was founded in 1923, and operates 66 aircraft to 66 destinations in Europe, Asia, and North America as of the time of this post.  Its main offices are located in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, and its largest hub is at Vantaa Airport (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK) in Helsinki.

Finnish Commuter Airlines was founded in 1993, and operates 14 aircraft to 20 destinations, all of which are in Europe.  Its offices are located in Ilmajoki, in the province of Western Finland.  Its largest hub is at Seinajoki Airport (IATA: SJY; ICAO: EFSI), in Ilmajoki.

original stories

Finnair to Buy 20% Stake In Finnish Commuter Airlines (Wall Street Journal)

Finnair and Finncomm Airlines continue their cooperation (Finnair)


Finnair flies to Stockholm-Bromma starting Wednesday

Finnair, the largest air carrier based in Finland, by number of passengers carried, will begin its first ever service between its main hub at Vantaa Airport in the Finnish capital of Helsinki (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK), and Bromma Airport in Stockholm (IATA: BMA; ICAO: ESSB), in two days.  Bromma is the preferred business airport in Stockholm, and is located not far from the Kista business district of the Swedish capital "where many international companies are located," according to the Finnair press release.  The route will run twice daily in each direction Monday through Friday, will run once in each direction on Sunday, and will not run on Saturday.  Finnair cited noise and environmental restrictions near the downtown district of Stockholm as a key reason why it will operate the Bromma Airport route with aircraft from the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer.

Also this coming Wednesday, the United Kingdom-based British Airways is scheduled to commence a regular route between Vantaa and Bromma, through an associated regional airline called Sun Air of Scandinavia.  Also on Wednesday, Finnair will begin service between Helsinki and the German city of Stuttgart, through an associated regional airline called Finnish Commuter Airlines.

Finnair was founded in 1923 in Helsinki.  It has a four-star rating from the consultancy Skytrax.  It is headquartered in Helsinki.

related stories

United Airlines debuts first route to and from Africa (June 19, 2010)

Air Canada inaugurates non-stop Montréal-Brussels route (June 13, 2010)

Delta will begin once-daily Seattle-Osaka route today (June 7, 2010)

Swiss International begins Zurich-San Francisco route (June 6, 2010)

Delta will fly between Seattle and Beijing starting Friday (June 1, 2010)

Air Canada begins flights between St. John’s and London (May 28, 2010)

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