Bangkok flights doubled for peak winter season: Demand for Finnair Asian traffic high - and rising

Pressmeddelande   •   Aug 03, 2007 09:36 CEST

Demand for Finnair’s flights between Europe and Asia has increased significantly. Flexible, non-stop connections with Finnair’s Asian flights have attracted even more corporate and private customers from the Nordic region countries as well as the rest of Europe. New flights to Delhi and Mumbai have gained noticeable interest.

In Finland’s western neighbour, Sweden, demand for Finnair’s Asian traffic has grown by as much as 55 per cent compared with the previous year.

“There are over 200 flights a month from Helsinki to the various Asian destinations,” Finnair’s country manager Riku Helminen in Sweden points out. “This is appealing to customers from both Stockholm and Gothenburg. The stopover in Helsinki is easy and the airport has been voted as one of the best in Europe in many annual surveys. Many companies favour Finnair because we have a modern and environmentally friendly fleet and the shortest, fastest route to Asia through Helsinki.”

Finnair’s new destinations in India have already proved popular, and the latest destination, Mumbai, is expected to increase in popularity during the coming autumn and winter. At the same time, established Asian routes have maintained their appeal. Flights to Bangkok, for example, will be boosted during the winter season in response to high demand. As of December 3, flights to Bangkok will operate twice daily as the peak season gets under way.

“Thailand’s guaranteed warm weather and swimming waters are attractive to tourists throughout the year, but demand peaks in the winter season, says Petteri Kostermaa, responsible for Finnair’s route strategy and traffic planning.

In addition to the evening departures operated throughout the year, a new morning departure will be launched from Helsinki at the beginning of December, running until the end of March. The return flight returns from Bangkok at night, arriving in Helsinki in the early morning.

During the winter season, Finnair will be the biggest European scheduled flight operator at Bangkok. Finnair’s full list of Asian destinations reads as follows: Bangkok, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Delhi and Mumbai. Seoul in South Korea is to be added to the list in summer 2008.

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