Finnair is getting ready to relaunch passenger services to Shanghai, China.
The airline has as received permission from Chinese authorities to begin operating one weekly flight as of 23 July between Helsinki and Shanghai.
It will utilise the Airbus A350-900 on this route, with the flights open for commercial booking.
Finland has opened its borders for work-related travel from China but entry to Finland is still restricted for the time being pending an EU level decision on reciprocity.
From it’s Helsinki hub, Finnair will offer connections to 24 destinations for connecting passengers. The airline flew to over 30 destinations in July, operating up to 90 flights a day. Capacity and routes are being added and adjusted regularly.
Services to Asia are resuming – primarily driven by cargo traffic.
Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair said
“The re-opening of our Shanghai route is great news for our customers and an important step for us, as China continues to play a key role in Finnair’s strategy”, says “We look forward to increasing our service to the Chinese market soonest.”
Rebuilding Asia Links
Considering Finnair’s long-haul network is primarily Asia-based, it is an important step to restoring connectivity in China, as well as in the Asia region.
Certainly, more routes will be subject to governmental decisions (which are way above the airline), but for the airline who is dependant on the region for its traffic – it’s a welcome sign of what is to come.
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