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Finnair celebrates 30 years of Manchester-Helsinki direct flights

Finnair celebrates 30 years of Manchester-Helsinki direct flights

Finnair, which began operating direct flights to Manchester on March 27, 1994, is commemorating 30 years of offering Manchester-Helsinki direct flights.

Finnair’s flights facilitate the growth of vital commercial lines and give travellers access to remote locations by serving as a vital link between the North of England and markets in Asia.

Thirty years after operating the first direct flight, Finnair has strengthened and grown its Manchester-Helsinki route. This summer, it will reach 12 weekly flights, and by the winter of 2024, it will have doubled the number of daily flights.

From its hub in Helsinki, Finnair operates flights to major Asian trading centres, including Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

The airline, which turned 100 in 2023, will start operating twice-weekly flights to Nagoya, Japan, in May in preparation for the upcoming summer months.

Known as the “Manchester of the East,” Osaka, a partner city of Manchester, is also connected by the airline. The cities are joining forces for the World Expo 2025, which will take place in Osaka from April to October of the following year.

Anssi Partanen, Finnair Market Director Europe, said, “Finnair is proud to have flown directly to the vibrant city of Manchester since 1994 – and indirectly via London from the 1970s.

“To celebrate this route now is even more timely as we are about to add capacity for the summer and to go back to double-daily from next winter. 

“In May, the resumption of flights to Nagoya will also allow for increased bilateral ties between Manchester and other Japanese cities alongside Osaka, where we will fly five times per week this coming summer season.”

Partanen added, “We are pleased to celebrate such a milestone in Manchester, and we hope to serve Mancunians for many years to come!”

Stephen Turner, the Commercial Director at Manchester Airport, said, “We are proud to serve the North, connecting people with the places they want to fly to. Finnair is a highly valued partner, providing a link to the city of Helsinki and further afield. We are delighted to join them in celebrating three decades of flights from Manchester.”

Return tickets from Manchester to Helsinki, including all taxes and fees, start at £189 in Economy Class and £553 in Business Class for those who wish to tour Finland. For further information regarding Manchester-Helsinki direct flights, please visit their official website.

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Written by Nadia Farha Mubin

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