Finnair to launch direct flights between Edinburgh and Helsinki

Travel News Asia 6 July 2005

Finnair is to launch direct flights between Edinburgh and Helsinki in April 2006.

"The flight schedules between Edinburgh and Helsinki allow for excellent connections to Finnair's Asian flights. We are especially expecting a great number of connecting passengers to our Hong Kong and Guangzhou routes thanks to the historic commercial connections between Scotland and southern China," said Finnair VP Network Strategies and Management Petteri Kostermaa.

Finnair offers some of the shortest and fastest connections between Asia and Europe. In China, Finnair flies to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and starting September 2005, to Guangzhou. In addition, Finnair flies to Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo and Osaka.

"We're delighted that Finnair has decided to launch a direct Edinburgh to Helsinki service, which is great news for Scotland's capital city and its growing international route network.This is an important new service, giving passengers from Edinburgh access to Finnair's extensive network of routes across Asia and I'm confident this new route will be popular among travellers from Scotland and Finland," says Richard Jeffrey, managing director, BAA Edinburgh Airport.

Finnair will operate the Edinburgh-Helsinki route with its modern Airbus A319 aircraft.

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