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Finnair Launches Daily Non-Stop Flights to Singapore

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Finnair has launched daily non-stop flights between Singapore and Helsinki, Changis first new European route since the launch of Lufthansas Singapore-Munich service in June 2008.

Helsinki is Changi Airports fifth new city link this year following the commencement of flights to Nanning, China (China Eastern Airlines), Pekanbaru, Indonesia (Silkair), Redang, Malaysia (Berjaya Air) and Sao Paulo, Brazil (Singapore Airlines).

Today, 1 June 2011, Garuda Indonesia launches its new service from Singapore to Makassar on Indonesias Sulawesi Island.

Finnair will operate A340-300 aircraft in a two-class configuration on the Singapore-Helsinki route. It will use Terminal 1 at Changi Airport.

With the addition of Finnairs flights, travellers departing from Singapore will enjoy greater connectivity to Europe with the addition of some 1,900 weekly one-way seats. In total, some 80,600 weekly one-way seats will now be available for passengers travelling between Singapore and Europe.

The inauguration of Finnairs services will also enhance Changis connectivity to the Nordic region. Including Singapore Airlines thrice- weekly service to Copenhagen, Singapore will now be connected to Northern Europe via 10 weekly services, providing travellers with more options.

The arrival of Finnair brings to five the number of oneworld carriers at Changi Airport.

Passenger traffic between Singapore and Europe has grown steadily over the years, increasing at a compounded annual growth rate of 4.5% from 2005 to 2010. For the 12 months ended 31 March 2011, some 2.3 million passengers travelled between Singapore and Europe, up 9% year-on-year.

Changi Airport Groups Senior Vice President for Market Development, Mr Lim Ching Kiat, said, We are delighted to welcome Finnair to Changi with its daily non-stop service from Helsinki to Singapore. This represents a significant milestone for Changi Airport and it reaffirms our status as an important air hub linking Europe and the Asia Pacific region. Passenger traffic between Singapore and Europe has grown steadily in the last few years and we believe there is tremendous growth potential for Finnairs services. We will continue to work with Finnair to realise its growth aspirations in Asia.

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