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Finnair Sighting Long-haul Routes Resumption To Asia



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From July, Finnair will be resuming flights to numerous destinations in Europe and adding more frequencies to its schedule, with the current plan still being subject to travel restrictions, Finnair will be reviewing on the possibility of a gradual recommencement of its long-haul routes, with a strong desire to resuming flights to its strategic focus in Asia. Finnair has also announced on the 18th that two of its Airbus A330s aircraft has been modified to free up much-needed cargo capacity by removing economy seats from the cabin.

Finnair is planning to add flights gradually as demand develops. New traffic plan from 1 July has been published already, Finnair is planning to fly to some 40 destinations in Europe and Asia. The routes to resume operations are done as travel restrictions are gradually lifted in various countries.

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Operations To Essential European Cities

Finnair will first focus on key European airports, and will resume flights to Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Geneva, Hamburg, London, Malaga, Manchester,  Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Riga, Tallinn, Stockholm, St Petersburg, Vilnius, Vienna and Zürich in July.

Finnair plans to resume flights to Barcelona, Milan, Madrid, Rome and Warsaw in August. During the summer holiday season, Finnair will also operate individual flights to some of the holiday destinations in Southern Europe. 

“We expect aviation to recover gradually, starting in July, our intention is to operate approximately 30% of our normal amount of flights in July, and we will also start long-haul flights to our key Asian destinations. We will then add routes and frequencies month by month as demand recovers. Our recent customer survey shows that customers are already planning both business and leisure trips. We want to meet this demand with our network offering.

Finnair Chief Commercial Officer Ole Orvér

Strong Long-haul Focus On Asia

Finnair’s long-haul operations are planned to recommence in phases, from July and onward, Finnair will fly to Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai which still subjects to government approval; routes to Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo Narita, Singapore, Seoul and Bangkok are also being planned. Finnair is focusing strongly on strategically important markets in Asia, theses routes are also supported by continuing cargo demand. Finnair plans to start flights to Delhi, New York in August, Tokyo Haneda in November, and Miami, Krabi and Phuket during the winter holiday season. 

Maintains Key Domestic Connections 

In July, Finnair will operate six domestic routes in Finland, flying to Kuopio, Mariehamn, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Turku and Vaasa, and Ivalo and Kittilä in the Finnish Lapland are being planned for August. In September, operations to Kuusamo and Tampere will also start. Destinations like Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kemi or Kokkola will not be served during summer 2020. Decisions for services to these destinations will be made before next season commence when demand becomes more visible.  

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SAS Launches Transfer Testing Solutions At Copenhagen Airport



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The Chinese government recently issued new regulations that all passengers on flights to China need to undergo nucleic acid and serum IgM antibody tests in advance. The testing equipment at Copenhagen Airport will be put into use from November 16. Transit passengers need to set aside 4 hours for testing and obtain testing reports. This time is expected to be shortened to 1 hour after 2-3 weeks. Passengers who have undergone pre-boarding double-checks on flights to China at Copenhagen Airport can board directly with the negative test report. Scandinavian Airlines will continue to provide passengers with the latest news about the Copenhagen Airport testing facilities.

More flexible rebooking and cancellation for flights connecting to China

According to the new regulations, transit passengers need to undergo nucleic acid testing and serum IgM antibody testing in countries that fly directly to China, which may require extending their stay in Copenhagen, and thus need to rebook or cancel the original flight to Copenhagen. In order to facilitate passengers to accept the test on time, SAS is allowing passengers to rebook or cancel the flight to Copenhagen for free. The resulting change fee, refund fee and possible fare difference will be all exempted, that is to say, all are free. Normally, European inland segments are not allowed to be changed or cancelled individually. Please note that SAS is not responsible for other expenses incurred due to rescheduling, such as accommodation. There is no refund for cancelled connecting flights.

Extra Check-in Baggage For Students Fly From China

Scandinavian Airlines are now launching very attractive one-way tickets from China. All students departing from China who purchase SAS flight tickets in economy class only need to show a valid student ID at the airport check-in counter to check in one extra piece of luggage. This means that students travelling in economy class (except for Go Light) can carry two pieces of checked luggage, each of which must not exceed 23 kg. The free extra baggage check will be done manually at the airport check-in counter.

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