Finnair announced on 21 July 2020 that they have received permission from Chinese authorities to begin operating one weekly flight starting from 23 July 2020. The route opens between Helsinki and Shanghai with its Airbus A350 aircraft, flight schedule will be published in all Finnair sales channels.
Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer said “The re-opening of our Shanghai route is great news for our customers and an important step for us, as China continues to play a key role in Finnair’s strategy. We look forward to increasing our service to the Chinese market soonest.”
Finland has opened its borders for work-related travel from China but entry to Finland is still restricted for the time being pending an EU level decision on reciprocity.
Finnair currently offers smooth connections to 24 European destinations from Helsinki. In July the airline operates 80-90 flights per day to over 30 destinations. August and September had been increasing for both routes and frequencies. Long-haul flights to Asia are also supported by cargo demand.