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Monday 5 November 2018

A different route to European gourmet hot spots, via Asia and Helsinki

While direct flights from Perth to London on Qantas are apparently proving popular, I would rather break up my long-distance flights from Australia to Europe into shorter chunks.

That's why I was delighted to read that Finnair has announced three new routes to Bologna, Bordeaux and Porto for the peak 2019 European summer season.

Finnair will fly up to three weekly flights from Helsinki to Bologna, Italy, between April 10 and October 18 next year.

Bologna is well known for its gastronomy and wine scene and is an easy gateway to several other popular Italian cities and regions. 

Some of the flights will offer excellent connections for customers travelling from and to Finnair’s Asian destinations.  

Finnair will also fly up to two weekly flights from Helsinki to Bordeaux, France, between May 11 and September 14. 

The undisputed wine capital of the world, Bordeaux is also recognised for its food and wine scene as well as its historic centre, which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Portugal’s popular coastal city of Porto will receive two weekly flights from Finnair, but only between between June 21 and August 12. 

Located in Northern Portugal, Porto is Portugal’s second-largest city and it is the home of port wine. 

This route opening follows the successful launch of flights to Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, this year. All three new routes will be operated by Airbus A319 aircraft.   

“We are very pleased to be able to offer these three new routes for leisure travellers next summer,” Finnair Chief Commercial Officer Juha Järvinen said. 

“The three cities and surrounding areas have plenty to offer our customers and we fully expect the routes to be popular with food enthusiasts as all three regions are superb culinary and wine regions.”

Finnair Regional Manager for Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Arnaud Michelin, said the new flights would be of interest to local travellers given the popularity of Portugal, France and Italy among Australian holidaymakers.

He said Finnair would also add capacity to some of its popular holiday destinations during 
the peak summer season, including an additional weekly frequency to Alanya-Gazipasa (never heard of it, to be honest), Palma de Mallorca, Split and Tel Aviv. 

Finnair offers connections from Australia with oneworld partners to 19 destinations in Asia and seven in the Americas plus more than 100 Europe destinations.


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