Direction: Helsinki for Chinese airline
Chinese Lucky Air will start flying to Helsinki as of winter 2018, strengthening the capital’s role as a hub between Europe and Asia.
The new route connects two major cities in China with Helsinki Airport. The route will be triangular, as the airline will first fly from Kunming to Chengdu and then continue to Helsinki. The return route will be the same.
The route is expected to open on 17 January 2018, and it will be operated twice a week.
Last year, Helsinki Airport set an all-time passenger record, which was 17.2 million passengers. According to estimates, this year the passenger volume will be more than 18.5 million. The number of travellers from Asia is growing in particular.
“This growth is based on an increase in international transfer traffic,” says Joni Sundelin, SVP at Finavia, in a release. “At the same time, the exotic and northern Finland has become an attractive destination. In recent years, Finavia has invested heavily in serving Chinese passengers and improving the customer experience at Helsinki Airport in order to make a good first impression.”
Finavia has an ongoing 900 million-euro development programme at Helsinki Airport. The expansions enable the airport to serve 30 million annual passengers in the future.