Finnair aircraft in Helsinki (Photo: LC)

Finnair is sharpening its strategy in the face of the possible reopening of Asia in 2022 –

and

Japan

in

particular. The airline has begun to unveil its summer programme with almost 100 destinations in Asia, the US and Europe from March 2022. Finnair will open new long-haul routes to Busan in South Korea, Tokyo Haneda and Dallas-Fort Worth in the US. The Finnish airline will also resume flights to Sapporo. Japan’s fifth largest city will be connected to Helsinki for the first time in the summer.

Japan back in the spotlight

We are looking forward to the world continuing to open up,” says Ole Orvér, Finnair’s Commercial Director. ” Before the pandemic, Japan was our largest market outside Finland, and we are looking forward to returning to the five destinations we used to serve. We are also opening a new route to Busan in Korea , demonstrating our continued commitment to offering the best and most sustainable connections between Europe and Asia via our Helsinki hub

.”

We are also pleased to strengthen our network in the United States by adding Dallas as a new destination. Our customers will be able to enjoy excellent connections to other cities in North America through the extensive network of our alliance partner, American Airlines

“, adds Ole Orvér.

In reality, everything will depend on the health situation around the world. According to its schedule, Finnair will fly to the five Japanese destinations it served before the pandemic – Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo. Including the new service to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. This will mean a total of 40 weekly flights between Helsinki and Japan in the summer of 2022.

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In detail, there will be two daily flights to Tokyo (one to Haneda and the other to Narita) and daily flights to Nagoya and Osaka-Kansai. On the latter destination, Finnair hopes to increase to two daily flights in June. Finally, Finnair will offer three weekly non-stop flights to Fukuoka and two flights per week to Sapporo.

Outside Japan, Finnair will offer a weekly flight to Shanghai and daily flights to Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore and Bangkok. In addition, there will be three weekly flights between Helsinki and Busan, the second largest city in Korea. Finally, the airline will resume its service to Delhi in June, with one daily flight.

In North America, Finnair will serve Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, and confirms the launch of Dallas. From 7 February 2022, the airline will operate the route four times a week, with excellent connections through Finnair’s partner American Airlines.

Finnair will also strengthen its European network from

Helsinki with over 70 cities served. The carrier will inaugurate new routes to Zagreb and Larnaca. And it will offer twice-daily flights to Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Vienna, Zurich, Gdansk and Milan. And up to three or four flights a day to Paris, London, Berlin, Warsaw, Brussels, St. Petersburg and the Scandinavian and Baltic cities.

Helsinki Airport is undergoing a major expansion, with part of Terminal 2 due to open in December 2021. Completion is scheduled for the summer of 2022. The airport expansion will strengthen Finnair’s customer experience with smooth and reliable transfers in Helsinki.