Our current network
Finnair currently operates flights to some 40 destinations in Europe and Asia. Despite lower frequencies than our regular service, both leisure and business travellers can still fly with our available connections. Transfers at Helsinki for long-haul flights to Asia are fast and convenient as usual. Read more about which destinations we are flying to and what measures we have been taking regarding traffic changes since the coronavirus outbreak.
(Last updated 9 September 2020)
Our connections* in the upcoming months
Destinations in Finland
Destinations in Europe
- Crete (Chania and Heraklion)
Destinations in Asia
Those looking to travel further east will be able to choose from several weekly services to Japan as well as services to other key destinations in Asia (Beijing is still subject to government approvals as we’re writing this).
- Hong Kong
- Tokyo (Narita)
Destinations in the United States
- No flights scheduled in the upcoming months
*Please note that the destinations listed are subject to change. You can check the flight schedules and book here.
Making use of smaller aircraft
These long haul routes will be served by Finnair’s Airbus A350 aircraft, while smaller, narrow body planes will be used across Europe. “At Finnair we have a very versatile fleet and that gives us an advantage,” explains Patrik Nyqvist, manager of short-term planning in the traffic planning team. “It allows us to deploy smaller aircraft, so we can start utilising it.”
With 70-100 seater aircraft being used initially, more capacity can be added by simply using planes with more seats, rather than starting additional services.
“We’re starting with the smaller aircraft on the shorter routes, so we have a lot of flexibility to increase seat capacity with larger planes where necessary,” adds Nyqvist. “Of course, we do have capabilities to add more flights if needed.”
The key challenge, says McGarvey, manager of traffic analysis in Finnair’s traffic planning team, is working out how many customers will be using these new routes. With the majority of planes grounded since early April, the usual methods of developing a network based on demand have had to be adjusted, providing a new challenge for the traffic planning team.
“The traditional tools we use have become redundant,” he says. “We need to look at new ways of identifying trends. How do we juggle our fleet best?”
“We cannot rely on the normal forecasting systems as much as we would normally,” agrees Nyqvist. “So we need to rely on the trends we spot rather than being able to utilise optimization tools.
“People’s booking behaviour is very different, so we have to be working in a completely new mode.” Both Nyqvist and McGarvey expect leisure travellers as well as business customers in the medium to long term.
Such challenges have been dealt with during regular reviews, since the new Finnair traffic program launched in July. This allows McGarvey, Nyqvist and their teams to tweak services accordingly depending on demand, as well as address any issues that arise once services are up and running.
“First of all, we will keep track of the travel restrictions that governments are imposing and adjusting accordingly,” says Nyqvist. This is vital as restrictions are being removed and some may be reinstated in different countries at varying times. “If the demand comes quicker than we anticipate, though, then we do have means to deal with that,” he adds.
Nyqvist and McGarvey also emphasise that Finnair’s program would give a clear signpost of what to expect from safe and efficient travel in the future.
The challenge of building a post coronavirus network has, however, had some positive effects. The new routes will be optimized for sustainability, an increasingly important part of Finnair’s business.
“We’re parking our older aircraft and trying to utilise our newer, more fuel efficient planes,” says McGarvey. This reimagining of fleet usage means using newer Airbus A320 family aircraft. Wherever possible, Finnair will be using planes with a lower carbon footprint than older aircraft. The fact that smaller planes are being used also means that customers can fly knowing that their environmental impact is smaller too. Finnair’s commitment to sustainability and response to the ongoing climate crisis does not stop because of coronavirus.