Friday December 01, 2023
Finnair to stop flight on Helsinki-Tampere, Helsinki-Turku routes
Published : 05 Apr 2023, 15:27
Updated : 05 Apr 2023, 15:35
National flag carrier Finnair decided to stop flight operation on two domestic routes- Helsinki-Tampere and Helsinki- Turku from May 1, said Finnair in a press release on Wednesday.
The airline will replace the air service between Helsinki and the cities of Turku and Tampere with a bus connection.
Finnair has already replaced its mid-day flights from these cities with bus connections.
"The flights to Tampere and Turku are very short, and the relatively low passenger numbers – around 35 percent load factors – on these routes cause them to have a higher CO2 emission per passenger than many other short routes in our network, " said Perttu Jolma, Vice President (Network) of Finnair.
"Road, or rail, transportation is a more sustainable option for connections between Helsinki Airport and these cities," Jolma added.
The Finnair Vice-President said that the authority took both economic and environmental considerations into account to take the decision.
The scheduled flight time to Turku and Tampere is 35 minutes, but the actual flight time is about 25 minutes.
Most customers arriving at Helsinki Airport for Finnair flights, for example, from the Tampere region, already come by bus, train, or car.
About 70 percent of Finnair Plus members with home addresses in Tampere started their flights from Helsinki Airport rather than from Tampere before the covid-19 pandemic, despite the several daily flights available.
During the summer of 2023, Finnair will operate four bus services per day between Turku and Helsinki Airport and four bus services per day between Tampere and Helsinki Airport.
As of May 8, these routes start from the central bus stations of Turku and Tampere.
Bus connections can be purchased together with the connecting flight. With the bus connection included in the booking, Finnair also guarantees connections in case bus or flight schedules are delayed.
In addition, customers arriving by bus to Helsinki Airport can use priority check-in, bag drop, and security for a smooth connection.
Finnair will communicate the end of flights directly to customers who have reservations for the Turku and Tampere routes from the beginning of May onwards.
Passengers can then choose a bus connection arranged by Finnair or cancel the flight and apply for a ticket refund.