Finnair will begin flying to Hanoi in Vietnam in summer 2013, continuing the airline’s strategic focus on traffic between Asia and Europe. Subject to regulatory approvals, Finnair will become the only European airline to offer a direct connection from Europe to the dynamic capital of Vietnam with a population of 6.5 million. Starting on June 14, Finnair will begin service to Hanoi from its hub in Helsinki with three frequencies per week. From Helsinki, Finnair offers connections to more than 60 European destinations.
The Hanoi route will be operated during the summer schedule season, which lasts until Oct 27. Finnair is represented in Vietnam by its partner East Sea Travel & Air Service Group.
"We are delighted to welcome Hanoi as our 12th Asian gateway to Europe," says Geoff Stone, Finnair’s Country Sales Manager for Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. "This is a confirming step in our overall strategy to double our Europe to Asia revenue by 2020.”
As a major centre of scientific study and research in the region, Hanoi is forecasted to have the world’s fastest growing economy between the years 2008-2025 (source: PricewaterhouseCoopers). The city is also noted for its historic Old Quarter, French colonial architecture, and pilgrimage site Chua Huong, a network of Buddhist temples and shrines carved out of the limestone hills and tropical forests around Huong Mountain. Near Hanoi is Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its thousands of limestone isles.
Finnair has built on its Asian strategy during the past two decades, taking advantage of the geographical position of its Helsinki hub on the shortest routes between the great cities of Asia and more than 60 European destinations. The airline’s service and timetables are also optimised for transfer traffic. In addition to Hanoi, Finnair operates to Bangkok, Beijing, Chongqing, Delhi, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.
Source = Finnair