Press release -
Finnair returns to Visby Airport with non-stop service to Helsinki this summer
After pausing service last year due to the pandemic, Finnair is returning to Visby Airport and will launch a direct route between Visby and Helsinki during the summer season. The service will launch in late June, with three weekly departures on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
The route is not just attractive for Swedish holidaymakers going abroad, but also Finnish visitors, and is crucial to Gotland’s tourism industry. As the world opens up again, there is a longing to travel and meet, and the air link will be a welcome addition in particular for leisure travellers flying to visit relatives and friends. There are a large number of residents in Gotland who have connections with Finland, and in the years before the pandemic, there was great interest in travel between the two destinations.
“We are pleased that Finnair is resuming summer service between Visby Airport and Helsinki. There is great interest in Gotland among people in Finland as well as many Gotland residents who have relatives in Finland. A direct route creates opportunities to visit friends and family in a convenient way and is an excellent opportunity for people in Gotland to get to Finland and vice versa,” says Gunnar Jonasson, airport director at Swedavia Visby Airport.
“We are cautiously optimistic since the vaccine rollout, the pandemic and travel restrictions are critical to the recovery both in Sweden elsewhere in the world. We hope the situation will allow this and that our passengers are ready to travel again this summer,” concludes Gunnar Jonasson.
The range of routes available from Gotland has expanded for the summer and winter, which indicates the start of a recovery following the reduction in the number of routes during the pandemic. Access will be important in the restart after the pandemic, and direct air links are important for regional growth and the tourism industry all across Sweden.
“It is good news that Finnair will serve Gotland again. We know from the past that direct routes open up travel in a brand-new way. As for the tourism industry, we are looking at how we can market Gotland so that we are an attractive destination this summer. We have good experiences from last year how we can receive visitors in a safe and secure manner and feel comfortable and well prepared for the summer,” says Frida Ganshed, executive director at the regional tourism business association Gotlands Förenade Besöksnäring.
The Visby Airport (VBY)–Helsinki Vanta Airport (HEL) route will be served by an ATR72 with three weekly departures on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from June 24 to August 1.
“We still see Sweden as an important expanded home market, and it feels absolutely right to open traffic from Visby this summer. For inhabitants on Gotland, the route also provides access to Finnair's global network to Europe, Asia and the USA. This summer, Finnair will start flights to Chicago and Los Angeles for example, and increase the frequency of flights to New York, says Robert Lönnblad, General Manager Scandinavia at Finnair.
Tickets are now on sale. For further information about the airline: www.finnair.com.
For further information about current air traffic at Visby Airport: www.swedavia.com/visby.
It is important that passengers keep up to date about the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ travel recommendations and latest entry restrictions at their destination.
Swedavia complies with the authorities’ advice and recommendations on Covid-19. In addition, we comply with international aviation industry regulations. For information about the measures Swedavia has introduced for safe travel, see for example: www.swedavia.com/visby/before-your-journey.
Swedavia has carried out ambitious sustainability work for many years. All ten of its airports achieved the goal of zero fossil carbon dioxide emissions from their own operations by year-end 2020. Swedavia also works actively to promote the switch to biofuel and has the goal that five per cent of all fuel used for refuelling at Swedish airports shall be fossil-free by 2025.
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The Swedavia Group owns, operates and develops ten airports across Sweden. Our role is to create the access Sweden needs to facilitate travel, business and meetings. Safe, satisfied passengers are the foundation of Swedavia’s business. Swedavia is a world leader in developing airports with the least possible environmental impact. The Group had revenue of about 2.5 billion kronor in 2020 and has nearly 2,600 employees.