The flag carrier of Finland, Finnair, has announced that it will resume flights from its capital Helsinki- Vantaa Airport (HEL), to the Chinese city of Guangzhou, Baiyun International Airport (CAN), starting from next month after remaining suspended for over two years.
According to the announcement of Finnair, the airline will restart the weekly route starting on September 6, as part of the efforts to restore its long-haul network to Asia after freezing the majority of air flights due to the situation caused by the spread of the Coronavirus and its new variants, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Besides, the airline has also announced that flights from Helsinki to Guangzhou will operate every Tuesday, with the return service departing the Chinese city on Thursday. In addition, it has also been reported that the required COVID-19 testing for travel to China will be available at Helsinki airport.
“We are excited to return to Guangzhou and look forward to gradually increasing our offering for the Chinese market,” Finnair’s CCO, Ole Orvér, has emphasized.
At present, the airline connects Finland’s capital with Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport (PVG), offering its services once a week.
However, it has been reported that the airline will resume its operations in a different way, while the flights will have to follow a route drawn to the south of Russia, which means that it will take about two hours longer than the usual route to the north.
Finnair will resume its flight to China, despite Russian airspace restrictions. Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, as well as harsh sanctions imposed by EU countries on Russia, have also impacted Finnair’s plans. China gradually.
Finland’s travel and tourism sector has also been highly affected by the spread of the Coronavirus and its new variants; however, after the abolishment of strict entry rules and other restrictions imposed to halt the virus, the situation has started to ameliorate.
Recently, the figures provided by StatisticsFinland revealed that a total of 1,479,037 people flew through Finland’s airports in June this year, marking a 12 per cent increase compared to May figures.
Besides, the European Commission announced that it approved an extension of a Finnish aid measure which consisted of a state guarantee covering 90 per cent of the €600 million loans to Finnair in terms of the COVID-19 situation that were approved under the State Aid Temporary Framework.
According to the announcement of the EU Commission, the initial measures in this regard were adopted on May 18, 2020.
“Finnair is a major network airline operating in Finland. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the travel restrictions that Finland and other countries had to impose to limit the spread of the virus,” the statement issued by the EU Commission noted while stressing that it decided to help Finnair to secure its finances.