Finnair is gearing up for an active summer.
The company is preparing to grow its flight schedule this summer and operate flights to up to 60 destinations with a focus on leisure destinations, as the vaccine roll-out is expected to enable the reopening of travel in many countries, the national flag carrier said in a press release posted on the website of the national airport operator (Finavia).
In June, Finnair will resume flights to destinations like Reykjavik, Bodø, Nice, Lisbon and Vilnius.
Additional frequencies will also be added to Greek islands such as Rhodes, Chania and Santorini, as well as to Mallorca, Malaga and Alicante in Spain.
Finnair’s summer destinations in Italy include Rome, Milan and Venice.
"We closely follow how travel regulations develop across our markets and have the flexibility to increase flights based on demand, seizing opportunities created when travel restrictions are lifted," says Ole Orvér, Finnair's Chief Commercial Officer.
In North America, the vaccine roll-out has progressed well, and Finnair will restart flights to Chicago and Los Angeles in mid-June and increase frequencies on the New York route to up to three flights per week.
The restart of these flights is still subject to the development of US travel guidelines.
Finnair will continue its other safe travel measures and reviews them on a regular basis.
For example, using a mask is still required for all customers and crew at the airport and onboard flights. Finnair encourages customers to arrive at the airport in good time before their flight, as travel document checks currently take more time than normal.
In line with the recommendation from the Finnish health authority, Finnair requires customers travelling to Finland to present a negative Covid-19 test certificate or proof of a previous Covid-19 infection.
As of May 11, Finnair also accepts a Covid-19 vaccination certificate. There is no requirement for travellers aged between 12-15 to present a certificate.