Finnair has unveiled plans to gradually add
frequencies and routes back into its network, from 1 July 2020.
The airline is expected to review its schedule on
a monthly basis and will update it as travel restrictions are
removed and demand starts to recover.
”We expect aviation to recover gradually, starting
in July,” said Finnair Chief Commercial Officer Ole Orvér. ”Our
intention is to operate approximately 30% of our normal amount of
flights in July, and we will also start long-haul flights to our
key Asian destinations. We will then add routes and frequencies
month by month as demand recovers. Our recent customer survey
shows that customers are already planning both business and
leisure trips … We want to meet this demand with our network
Finnair’s long-haul operations will commence in
phases from July, with a strong focus on Asia.
The airline plans to fly to
Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai (subject to
government approval); to Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo Narita in Japan;
and to Singapore, Seoul and Bangkok.
Long-haul operations are
supported by cargo demand. In August, Finnair will start
flights to Delhi and to New York, and in November to Tokyo Haneda
airport. Finnair also has flights to Miami, Krabi and Phuket
during the winter holiday season.
Key Cities in Europe
On European routes, Finnair will first focus on
key cities, and plans to fly to Berlin, Brussels, Budapest,
Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Gothenburg,
Geneva, Hamburg, London, Malaga, Manchester, Moscow, Munich, Oslo,
Paris, Prague, Riga, Tallinn, Stockholm, St Petersburg, Vilnius,
Vienna and Zürich in July.
In August, Finnair plans to launch flights to
Barcelona, Milan, Madrid, Rome and Warsaw.
During the summer
holiday season Finnair will also operate individual flights to
some of the holiday destinations in Southern Europe.
Finnair plans to operate six domestic routes
in Finland in July, flying to Kuopio, Mariehamn, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Turku
In August, Finnair plans to fly to Ivalo and
Kittilä in the Finnish Lapland, and in September
to Kuusamo and Tampere.
Finnair will not operate to Joensuu,
Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kemi or Kokkola during summer 2020 and a decision
for these five destinations for winter 2020/2021 has not yet been
As Finnair publishes its flying schedule from July
2020 to end of March 2021, it is also cancelling flights
that will not be operating. Finnair says it will handle flight
cancellations in phases, and customers will be contacted by the
end of June about any cancelled flights they were booked onto.
Customers can seek a refund for cancelled
flights or can
change their travel dates until 31 May 2021 through Finnair’s
website or customer service.