Most of the European and Asian airlines operating between the two continents are strongly affected by the closure of airspace in Ukraine and the ban on flights over Russian territory by aircraft from nearly 40 countries.

Among the companies most affected, there is Finnair. The Finnish company has been the specialist in flights to Asia for years. Before the pandemic, the carrier offered connections to about 20 cities. It is true that Finnair had one of the shortest journey times in Europe thanks to its flight over the extreme north of Russia…

Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the carrier decided to cancel its flights to China, Japan and South Korea until March 6, 2022. However, the company continued to serve Bangkok, Delhi, Phuket and Singapore from Helsinki and some routes from Stockholm Arlanda. Finnair finally resumed flights to Tokyo Narita on March 9 with a new route, which adds three hours to the usual flight time.

Finnair now operates four weekly flights to Tokyo in about 13 hours. “Japan is one of our most important markets, and we want to continue to offer safe and reliable connections between Helsinki and Tokyo even in this situation,” says Ole Orvér, Finnair’s commercial director.

On March 10, the airline resumes its weekly Shanghai service from Helsinki. The flight takes place every Thursday. Seoul returns to Finnair’s schedule on March 12 with three weekly flights. Both routes have a flight time that varies from 12 to 14 hours depending on the wind direction. On the other hand, Finnair is cancelling its planned flights to Osaka and Hong Kong until the end of April.

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Elsewhere in Europe, Air France-KLM, British Airways and the Lufthansa Group are still offering frequencies to Asia.