FinnAir expands with new route

As part of its ongoing expansion efforts, Finnair is set to unveil a new Nordic destination, marking its northernmost point on the network map. Scheduled to commence from April 1, 2025, the Finnish airline will begin serving the remote Norwegian town of Kirkenes, becoming its 27th Nordic destination for the summer season. The introduction of this new route comes alongside increased frequencies to Finnair’s most sought-after destinations across Europe, Asia, and North America. Kirkenes, nestled in the pristine landscapes of Norway, surpasses the previous northernmost gateway, Tromsø, in Finnair’s network expansion. Operating three times per week, flights between Helsinki and Kirkenes will be facilitated by Finnair’s 68-seat ATR72 regional aircraft, with a layover in Ivalo. Notably, this route stands as the sole scheduled international flight to Kirkenes Airport, offering travelers a unique gateway to the rugged wilderness and rich wartime history of the region.

Positioned approximately 400 miles beyond the Arctic Circle, Kirkenes emerges as a top-tier destination renowned for its mesmerizing Northern Lights displays during the winter months. It also serves as the embarkation point for Hurtigruten’s Arctic cruises. Expressing excitement about this new endeavor, Anssi Partanen, Finnair’s Market Director for Europe, remarked, “We are delighted to venture further north with the launch of flights to Kirkenes, a hidden treasure within Norway’s landscape.” 

“As the only international airline to offer scheduled flights to Kirkenes, we look forward to opening the region up to customers across the world.

“Due to demand, we will also be adding additional frequencies to a range of popular routes across Europe, Asia and the US, which we know will prove popular with our loyal customers.”

As part of its summer expansion initiative, Finnair will bolster its flight offerings to Japan, providing customers with daily connections to both Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita beginning in summer 2025.

Finnair is set to expand its services, introducing a new route to Nagoya with an additional weekly flight in 2025, allowing customers three weekly connections to the Japanese city. Additionally, the airline has increased flights to popular European destinations such as Riga, Tallinn, and Vilnius, while also enhancing its presence in the U.S. by elevating flights to Dallas to a daily service from October 2024, compared to four times per week in the winter of 2023. All flights are conveniently timed for seamless connections from major UK airports like London Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Dublin. 

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