Direct flight connections between Finland and China will increase as the first Chinese airline company Tibet Airlines commences flights from Jinan, China, to Finland on 8 April. Helsinki Airport’s excellent location between Northern Europe and Asia draws in Chinese tourists.
Tibet Airlines’ new route gives Finnish travellers access to yet another Chinese city, Jinan, and also brings both Finland and the rest of Europe closer to China. In terms of the number of flight connections, Helsinki Airport is clearly the leading airport in all of Northern Europe. Next summer, 44 weekly flights for China alone will depart from Helsinki Airport. In 2018, 835000 passengers traveled between Finland and China, and therefore the role of the new route is highly important for both Finland and Finavia.
“The new Tibet Airlines’ route between Jinan and Finland reinforces Helsinki Airport’s position as a significant hub for travel to Asia. It directly connects the Shandong province and Finland, and we warmly welcome Tibet Airlines here at Helsinki Airport,” says Finavia Director Joni Sundelin, who is responsible for flight route planning at Helsinki Airport.
It is currently planned that flights on the new route will commence on April 8th, and they will be operated with Airbus A330 wide-bodied aircraft twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Flights to Jinan will be available both in business and economy class. With approximately seven million residents, Jinan is the capital of the Shandong province, located along the Yellow River in China. Tibet Airlines is the first Chinese airline company to commence flights to Finland.
Flight connections to China are increasing, numbers of transfer passengers continue to rise
To establish the Jinan route, Finavia has collaborated with the City of Vantaa trade and business services and Visit Finland.
Flight connections to China are the highlight of summer 2019 at Helsinki Airport: Jinan, Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Hong Kong.
In December 2018, Finavia’s Helsinki Airport hit its all-time record in terms of passenger numbers: 20 million passengers. Passenger numbers at Helsinki Airport have increased dramatically. In 2017, it was estimated that the threshold of 20 million annual passengers would not be broken until 2020. In 2018, the number of passengers was nearly 21 million.
Boosted by this growth, Helsinki Airport is currently implementing a development programme of approximately EUR 1 billion, helping Finavia and Helsinki Airport prepare to service as many as 30 million passengers annually.