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Thursday 16 September 2021

International airlines booming as Australia lags behind

While Qantas and Virgin Australia are considering whether they will be able to resume some international flights in December, other global airlines are being much more proactive.

While Australian carriers have been hampered by the Government's sluggish roll out of Covid-19 vaccinations, Finnair, for instance, has announced it will add more flights and destinations to its network this northern hemisphere winter in response to rising travel demand.

The oneworld carrier has said it is continuing to serve key destinations in Asia. The airline currently has daily flights to Tokyo, Seoul and Bangkok alongside many weekly services to Singapore and Hong Kong.

Finnair’s Osaka service will resume in October and a new route from Helsinki to Nagoya will launch early next year. 

The airline will also begin to serve Dubai with a widebody aircraft. Finnair has previously used Boeing 757s and, more recently, Airbus A321s to operate the service.

The airline currently operates daily flights to New York from its hub in Helsinki. In addition, it serves Los Angeles and Miami three times a week.

Finnair will also launch new services from Stockholm in Sweden to Phuket and Bangkok from October. 

The airline’s new Stockholm hub will also receive a route to Miami, again served by the A350 starting in October. 

Finnair’s European network, meanwhile, will also increase throughout the northern winter. 

Amsterdam, Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin and Frankfurt are among the cities Finnair will serve twice a day. The airline also connects Helsinki with London and Paris three times a day.

The airline is also introducing Krakow and Gdansk in Poland for the winter season as well as adding services to Spanish holiday destinations such as Malaga, the Canary Islands, Madrid and Barcelona.

Finnair’s Chief Commercial Officer Ole Orvér said: “We are excited to be able to expand the breadth and depth of our network, enabling better connections for customers as travel continues to pick up."

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