Juneyao Air will operate the direct flights between Shanghai’s Pudong Airport and Helsinki with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The airline has over 50 connections from Shanghai to other Chinese destinations.
Helsinki Airport’s connections to China will increase to 51 weekly direct flights with the announcements of Juneyao Air and Tibet Airlines, which is to open a new route between Jinan and Helsinki. The route will be operated once a week and is scheduled to begin in April 2019 with the Airbus 330.
“In 2018, over 550 000 passengers travelled between China and Finland,” explained Sundelin. “Chinese cities were the second most popular long-distance destinations after Japan.”
Finavia expects the new routes to further increase the number of Chinese travellers to Finland and offer more options between Finland and China, as well as other Asian destinations.
Juneyao Air’s announcement comes on the heels of news that the Lake Saimaa region and St. Petersburg will collaborate to promote cross-border tourism between the two destinations, increasing options for Chinese travellers further.