Helsinki airport to welcome three new airlines

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The operation at Finland’s biggest airport will increase with Air Serbia, Tibet Airlines and Juneyao Air

Travellers at Helsinki airport will be able to profit from an increased operation this summer. Finavia — a Finnish governmental company operating Helsinki airport — will welcome three new airline carriers.

Air Serbia will link the capitals of Finland and Serbia by starting to fly from Helsinki airport to Belgrade three times a week, starting in June.  

The Chinese carriers Tibet Airlines and Juneyao Air will strengthen Helsinki airport’s Asian connections. Tibet Airlines will commence flights from Helsinki to Jinan in April. Juneyao will open a year-round connection to Shanghai in June.

“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”, says Petri Vuori, vice president, sales and route development at Finavia.

From airlines’ point of view, the advantages of Helsinki airport include excellent direct connections to other airports. Reliable and cost-efficient services play another significant role.

Air Serbia will connect Helsinki with Belgrade — DenisKlimov / Shutterstock Helsinki airport to welcome three new airlinesAir Serbia will connect Helsinki with Belgrade — DenisKlimov / Shutterstock

“We want to be the best airport partner in Northern Europe for our customers, both new and existing ones. 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,” Vuori explains.

Helsinki and Turku airports will see new routes

Apart from airlines launching their service at Helsinki, passengers can also look forward to new routes both from the capital as well as from the city of Turku.

In spring 2019, Finnair will launch flights from Helsinki to five new destinations. In Europe, the new summer destinations are Porto and Bordeaux and Bologna.

Turku will see new routes to London and Kraków — Shutterstock Helsinki airport to welcome three new airlinesTurku will see new routes to London and Kraków — Shutterstock

Starting from late April, there will be seven flights a week to Hanover. For the summer season, there is also a new service from Helsinki to Los Angeles, operating three times a week.

In April, Norwegian will start summer season flights from Helsinki to Pisa, Italy and Tivat, Montenegro.

In addition, starting from July, Wizz Air will fly from Turku to Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. Additionally, the airline’s new routes include Turku–London and Turku–Kraków, expanding Turku’s network of European cities.