Good News from Fri, 27 January, 2012:

Helsinki Airport serves more routes and passengers

Helsinki Airport will be better connected by the summer Helsinki Airport will be better connected by the summer

Helsinki Airport's connections to Europe are set to improve this year as Norwegian, Estonian Air and Lufthansa introduce new routes.

Estonian Air reopens its route between Tallinn and Helsinki, with 18 weekly fights starting from 26 March 2012. Estonian Air will serve the route with three daily flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with daily flights on Saturdays and double daily flights on Sundays.

Also in the spring, Norwegian is launching routes from Helsinki to Paris, Palma/Mallorca, Rhodes and Corfu. After new route openings, Norwegian flies to 21 destinations from Helsinki.

In addition to other new routes from Helsinki and other Nordic cities, Norwegian is increasing the capacity on its most popular routes. This applies particularly to Mediterranean destinations.

Lufthansa begins daily flights from Helsinki to Dusseldorf at the end of March and to the new Berlin-Brandenburg Willy Brandt airport after its opening in June 3.

Lufthansa flies between Berlin and Helsinki every morning. The flights are operated together with Blue1. Finnair and Air Berlin also operate direct flights between Helsinki and Berlin.

The new daily flight will depart early in the morning from Berlin and return from Helsinki before 11 in the morning.   

Meanwhile Qatar Airways is adding Helsinki to its route network this year.

Passenger numbers at Helsinki airport grew 15.5 per cent last year to nearly 14.9 milllion, a record figure.