Finnair Now Connects Edinburgh with Helsinki and Asia
New three-times-weekly service starts today. Passengers from Scotland now able to take the shortcut to Asia via Helsinki.
Finnair today celebrated its inaugural flight between Edinburgh and Helsinki.
The journey – which takes less than three hours – allows passengers from Scotland to take the shortcut to Asia with just one smooth and fast transfer via the Finnish capital. A traditional water cannon salute and Scottish bagpiper welcomed the aircraft as it landed in Edinburgh.
Finnair now operates three flights a week between the two capitals using a 138-seat Airbus A319 aircraft in a dual business and economy class configuration. To offer summer travellers even greater flexibility when flying with Finnair, a fourth-weekly flight will operate on Wednesdays between 22nd June and 10th August 2016.
Among those attending the inaugural festivities was Fredrik Charpentier, Finnair Area Vice President EMEA who said: “We are delighted to bring our award-winning Finnair product to Scotland. Passengers value our exceptional Nordic on board hospitality and the quick and convenient transfers through our Helsinki hub. With the arrival of our new longhaul Airbus A350 aircraft, onward passengers can experience the latest in technology and comfort while travelling to Asia’s top leisure and business destinations.”
Gordon Dewar, the Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: “This direct new route between Edinburgh and Helsinki is fantastic news – it is further confirmation of Edinburgh Airport’s position as a leader for connectivity from Scotland to Finland and onwards to the expanding markets of Asia. I congratulate Finnair for recognising the growing international demand for direct links to Edinburgh, and this move shows that they have similar aspirations for growth as we do.”