Finnair to expand capacity to Asia in 2019

posted on 29th August 2018 by Justin Burns
Finnair to expand capacity to Asia in 2019

Finnair is continuing its strong growth in key Asian markets and will add frequencies on many Asian routes for next summer including double-daily flights to Hong Kong and additional flights to Japan.

The Helsinki-based carrier will add flights on several of its Japanese routes, increasing its capacity to Japan by 15 per cent for the summer season. Three weekly flights will be added on the Helsinki-Osaka route, meaning Finnair will now fly a total of 10 weekly frequencies during the summer season starting on 31 March, 2019.

The new departures will now offer an alternative departure for customers with two daily frequencies on selected days. The added frequencies depart on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from Helsinki, with departure times from Helsinki at 00:45h.   

Continuing on the success of the double-daily flights to Tokyo during the summer of 2018, Finnair will operate double-daily flights on the Tokyo route for the entire summer season in 2019 and will also add a third daily flight during Japan’s Golden Week holiday. With these changes, Finnair is increasing its capacity to Tokyo by nine per cent compared to the 2018 summer season. 

In addition, Finnair is also adding capacity on the Nagoya route by flying the Airbus A350 from 5 May onwards.   

Finnair operates all flights to Japan in cooperation with its joint business partners – Japan Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. Including the joint business flights with Japan Airlines, Finnair will now offer up to 41 weekly frequencies to Japan during the summer 2019 season.

“We continue to execute on our growth strategy, and the new additions further strengthen our offering in key Asian markets,” said Finnair chief commercial officer, Juha Järvinen. “Travel between Asia and Europe has been steadily growing in recent years and we expect that trend to continue in the future.” 

Finnair will also significantly grow its presence in the Greater China area, with a 12 per cent increase in overall capacity during the summer season, offering 42 weekly flights in total between Helsinki and Greater China. 

The airline will fly double-daily, or 14 weekly frequencies, to Hong Kong with the new A350 aircraft year-round as of 2019 summer season. Finnair is currently flying 10weekly flights during the 2018 summer season, and 12 weekly flights in the upcoming winter season.

Capacity will also be increased on the Guangzhou route as it will now be operated with a A350 aircraft. Finnair will fly four frequencies to Guangzhou during the 2019 summer season, increasing its capacity on the route by 16 per cent compared to summer 2018.