Finnair is to resume flights from Helsinki to the Chinese city of Guangzhou next month for the first time in more than two years.
The airline will restart the weekly route on 6 September as part of its ongoing plans to restore its long-haul network to Asia following the pandemic.
Flights from Helsinki to Guangzhou will operate on Tuesday with the return service departing the Chinese city on Thursday. The required Covid-19 testing for travel to China will be available at Helsinki airport.
Ole Orver, Finnair’s chief commercial officer, said the airline planned to “gradually” increase its services for the Chinese market.
Finnair already flies to China’s largest city Shanghai once per week, as well as serving other Asian gateways such as Tokyo and Bangkok.
The airline has long relied on being a hub to the Far East as part of its business strategy, but some of these routes have been impacted by Russia’s ban on EU-based carriers using its airspace following the outbreak of the war in Ukraine earlier this year.