Finnair aircraft in Helsinki (Photo: LC)

Before Covid, China was one of the key destinations where Finnair had high ambitions. The airline served seven destinations there

– including Hong Kong. It also had a cooperation agreement with China Southern and Juneyao Air to serve dozens of cities in the country. China was one of the company’s most important markets.

This seems to be a thing of the distant past. Finnair now operates only one weekly flight to Shanghai, its only destination in China. The announcement of the launch of a weekly flight between Helsinki and Guangzhou is therefore a remarkable step forward.

“We are delighted to return to Guangzhou and we are looking forward to gradually increasing our offer for the Chinese market,” said Ole Orvér, Finnair’s commercial director.

The new flight will take off on September 6. It will be operated by an Airbus A350 aircraft, with departures from Helsinki on Tuesdays and departures from Guangzhou on Thursdays. The flights are already on sale through all Finnair booking channels or travel agencies. Three classes of service will be available (Business, Premium Eco and Economy).

Improvement on Southeast Asia

The flight from Guangzhou offers connections to a number of Finnair’s European destinations. In transit, passengers must undergo a Covid test, as required by the Chinese authorities. These tests are available at Helsinki Airport for the flight to Guangzhou. Further instructions are available on finnair.com.

In its traffic forecasts, Finnair does not expect any significant improvement in passenger numbers on Northeast Asian routes (Korea, Japan and China). This is mainly due to the continuing restrictions on travel to Japan and China. On the other hand, the company estimates that demand in the third quarter of 2022 should be close to what it was before Covid on South East Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

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Luc Citrinot