Our friends at Finnair are gearing up for increased traffic over their winter, in time for the expected opening of Australia’s international border. As the share of fully vaccinated people continues to increase Finnair is meeting the increased travel demand by adding frequencies and destinations in its network to Europe, Asia and North America for the upcoming European winter season.
This comes as very welcome news as we are currently taking bookings for February-August 2022, especially with the popular Finnair Business Class Round the World on sale from just $5983 including taxes. The economy RTW fare remains great value, starting from $1981 including taxes, although they face stiff competition from Lufthansa and SWISS in this space. Finnair continue to price their fares in a series of price tiers depending on your European destination. Nordic destinations such as Tallin, Stockholm and St Petersburg are the cheapest options and whilst this fare structure can impact pricing by several hundred dollars for the more popular cities, these fares remain exceptional value for money.
We have had solid interest for December/January travel with many travellers itching to get away as soon as possible, but that remains an issue with limited availability across the board. For those bookings it may be a case of waiting a little longer and seeing what opens up as airlines get confirmation of exact dates for the border opening and international caps lifting. Generally speaking our advice would be to book a bit further in advance to avoid the initial bumps in the road upon reopening.
Whilst we wait for our border to open, Finnair continues to serve its key Asian destinations, flying daily between Helsinki and Tokyo, Seoul and Bangkok. They continue to offers multiple weekly frequencies to Singapore and Hong Kong. Finnair’s Osaka service resumes in October, expanding Finnair’s presence back into the Japanese market, with Nagoya joining this route portfolio in February. These options pair well with Qantas’ planned resumption of flights to Tokyo for those keen on a Japanese stopover.
Finnair will strengthen its North American services as well and will serve Chicago, previously a Northern summer route, throughout their winter season. Finnair also serves New York daily from Helsinki and operates three weekly flights to Miami and Los Angeles respectively. In addition to serving North America from its Helsinki hub, Finnair will introduce direct routes to Los Angeles and New York from Stockholm, Sweden. Finnair will also introduce direct routes from Stockholm to Miami, Phuket and Bangkok. Currently the Stockholm routes are not offered in conjunction with the Finnair round the world tickets sold ex-Australia, but Finnair have always been forward thinking with their offering and we hope these will be added to the deal in the coming months.
Finnair’s European network will rapidly increase in frequencies throughout the winter, with double daily services to key European cities such as Amsterdam, Munich, Dusseldorf, St Petersburg, Berlin and Frankfurt, and three daily frequencies to London and Paris.
Finnair also offers multiple frequencies daily to Scandinavian capitals, and Finnair will introduce Krakow and Gdansk for the winter season. Finnair will increase frequencies to the popular holiday destinations in Spain, serving Malaga, the Canary Islands, Madrid and Barcelona with multiple weekly frequencies. Also the Finnish Lapland continues to attract winter travellers and Finnair offers four daily connections to Rovaniemi, Ivalo and Kittilä, and two daily services to Kuusamo, with smooth connections from Helsinki.
”We are excited to be able to expand the breadth and depth of our network, enabling better connections for customers as travel continues to pick up”, says Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair. “We are also re-introducing services to support a smooth and convenient travel experience. We opened our Schengen lounge already in August, and Finnair’s Non-Schengen Lounge at Helsinki airport will open in early October.” “Our customers can enjoy our newly refreshed onboard food and drink service where we combine Nordic flavours with tastes borrowed from our friends abroad”, Orvér says.
If you’re keen to take advantage of these airfares our team of experts are on hand to plan and book your round the world trip. Enquire today for more information and we’ll reply back within 1 business day. We are currently closed on Fridays but look forward to opening full time again in the very near future.