Finnair Cuts European Flight Frequencies for September, Increases Service to Lapland
Finnair announced on Wednesday that they will be cutting flight frequencies in Europe for September due to travel restrictions, while they will add more flights to the Lapland. The company is experiencing lower demand due to continued COVID-19 outbreaks.
Today (August 12, 2020), Finnair reported that they will decrease frequencies on their European routes for September due to new travel restrictions related to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The carrier will continue to fly to all European destinations in their August schedule, but only at lower frequencies, except for service to Nice and Turku which will be suspended. In September, Finnair will increase domestic service with daily flights to Kuopio and Vaasa and five-times weekly service to Mariehamn, while planned flights to Tampere have been postponed. The airline will increase flights to the Lapland and Kuusamo in September with flights to Ivalo and Kittilä eight-times weekly, service to Kuusamo nine-times weekly and 28 weekly flights to Rovaniemi. In Wednesday’s announcement, Finnair’s Vice President – Market Management, Mikko Turtiainen said,
“The corona situation has changed in many countries in recent weeks, which is why several countries have imposed new travel restrictions. There are still no connecting passengers from Asia and the United States to support European flights because of severe travel restrictions in these regions. Also, the local demand is more moderate than estimated due to the same restrictions. Therefore, we must adjust flights accordingly. In September, we will operate about 30% of the flights we had in September 2019.”
Finnair will contact guests impacted by flight cancellations and will re-route them on other flights, with most passengers on European flights re-accommodated on new flights on the same day as originally scheduled.
Specializing in passenger and cargo traffic between Asia and Europe, Finnair has a competitive advantage due to their geographical location. Finnair is also the only Nordic network carrier with a 4-Star Skytrax rating and carried over 14.7 million passengers in 2019, earning revenues of €3.1 billion. The carrier is also a member of the global oneworld® alliance.