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Finnair to launch Flights to Yekaterinburg and Increase Services to Moscow and St. Petersburg

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Friday, 22 February 2008

Finnair is planning to begin scheduled flights next autumn from Helsinki to Yekaterinburg, located in the Urals. The number of Finnair and Aeroflot joint flights to and from Moscow will also rise in April to four per day, and that the number of St. Petersburg flights operated by Finnair in cooperation with the airline Rossiya will rise to 22 per week.

Finnair plans to fly to Yekaterinburg three times per week. The city is the main centre of the Urals Federal District with good connections to all parts of the vast region of Siberia.

"There are already a number of European companies in the historical city of Yekaterinburg and trade relations with the west have been lively for several years. Demand indicates that there is also a clear need for the route," said Sverker Skogberg Director International Relations Finnair.

The number of Moscow flights will double when Finnair and Aeroflot, from next April, cooperate in flying four times a day between Helsinki and Moscow, i.e. 28 times per week.

"The longed-for additional capacity between the Russian and Finnish capitals has long been the subject of negotiations. A return business trip to Moscow can in future be done within a single day. A codeshare agreement with Aeroflot means that Finnish and Russian business passengers and tourists can be offered morning and evening connections between the capital cities," explained Skogberg.

Finnair also flies in Russia to St. Petersburg. A total of 20 flights per week are made in cooperation with the Russian airline Rossiya. In the negotiations it was agreed to increase the number of flights from next summer to 22 per week. In 2009 the companies intend to fly between Helsinki and St. Petersburg four times per day, i.e. 28 times per week, similar to the arrangement between Helsinki and Moscow.

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