Finnair is adding a new route from Helsinki to Mumbai in India but is having to cancel some flights to Asia due to the closure of Russian airspace to EU-based airlines.
The carrier is to offer more than 300 daily flights in its summer 2022 schedule including five destinations in North America and eight routes to Asia, including Helsinki to Mumbai, which will operate three times per week from July.
Ole Orver, Finnair’s chief commercial officer, said: “We continue to serve our key Asian destinations, despite the longer routings caused by Russian airspace closure, and also have an excellent offering in Europe and North America.”
Finnair will fly daily to Bangkok, Delhi, Singapore and Tokyo, as well as three times per week to Seoul, twice weekly to Hong Kong and once a week to Shanghai.
But the airline is suspending all other routes to Japan this summer due to the Russian airspace ban. Finnair had been due to operate flights to Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo and Fukuoka in Japan. The planned service to Busan in South Korea has also been suspended.
Russia stopped EU airlines from using its airspace last month in response to the EU banning Russian airlines following the invasion of Ukraine in late February.
Finnair is due to launch a route from Helsinki to Dallas Fort Worth on Sunday (27 March) with another new transatlantic service to Seattle set to start on 1 June.