Finnair Looks To Up Select Long-Haul Capacity For Summer 2020

Finnair has announced that, from this summer, it will increase its frequency on two international routes. Flights to Delhi will now be operated daily, while there will be an extra departure to Los Angeles each week.

Finnair A350
Finnair’s Airbus aircraft will be even busier this summer following extra capacity on two long-haul services. Photo: Airbus

Indian summer

Finnair currently travels to the capital of India four times a week during the summer. However, travelers will soon be able to choose from three more weekly flights. According to a press release, as of July 1st, there will be a flight every single day through the summer and even through the 2020/21 winter period.

Just like the current services on this route, the added flights will be operated with Finnair’s Airbus A330 aircraft. Flight AY121 departs Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport at 20:30 and arrives at Indira Gandhi International Airport at 06:50. However, from spring, these services are scheduled to leave at 20:15 and arrive at 05:15.

Meanwhile, the return flight currently leaves India at 10:15 to arrive in Finland at 14:15. This schedule also changes from this spring, with a departure time of 09:45 and arrival at 14:15. All times are local.

Finnair recently highlighted how important Asian transfer traffic is to the Nordic carrier. Air transfers account for two-thirds of its flown ticket revenue. Moreover, three-quarters of its total transfer traffic comes from Asia.

However, there are now growing concerns over services to Eastern Asia due to the coronavirus outbreak. Therefore, a greater focus on operations to India could be a helpful move for the airline to keep its passengers flying to and from the continent.

Finnair airliner on taxiway in dusk
The airline isn’t looking to slow down its momentum following a strong period last year. Photo: Finnair

California sun

Meanwhile, from July 1st, Finnair’s A350 aircraft will take a weekly trip to Los Angeles from Helsinki on Fridays. These flights will add on to the three weekly departures that are year-round to the Californian city.

These currently leave on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.  Flight AY001 leaves Helsinki at 16:40 and lands at Los Angeles International at around 17:40. The return flight then departs at 19:30 before landing at approximately 16:05.

Finnair’s portfolio of long-distance flights is continuing to grow in several directions from its base in Finland’s capital. Photo: Getty

Growing presence

The carrier is looking to build on its well-covered transatlantic services. It also flies to New York JFK throughout the year and seasonally to Chicago O’Hare, Miami, and San Francisco.

Altogether, Finnair is showing its intent to increase its offering when it comes to long-haul services. It had a successful 2019, serving 14.7 million passengers, which is an all-time high for the Finnish flag carrier. Now, it will be looking to increase its passenger numbers across particular segments with theses increased frequencies.

Simple Flying reached out to Finnair for comment on the extra flights. We will update the article with any further announcements.

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