Flybe Nordic, Finland’s newest airline following the completion of Flybe’s joint acquisition with Finnair of Finnish Commuter Airlines (Finncomm) on August 18, has announced its new route network.
The new route network features a total of 24 regional routes offering a choice of up to 416 flights a week and includes all routes previously operated by Finncomm Airlines, together with the addition of nine new routes.
This extended program features four new routes from Helsinki, four from key regional cities in Finland and one between Sweden’s Stockholm Bromma airport and Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn. Four of the new routes offer multiple daily frequencies, each with a choice of up to three flights a day.
Flybe Nordic’s new routes include new destinations from both Helsinki and Tallinn.
The nine new routes are:
● Helsinki-Mariehamn, Åland, twice daily;
● Helsinki-Tartu, Estonia, six times per week;
● Helsinki-Trondheim, Norway, four times per week;
● Helsinki-Umeå, Sweden, four times per week;
● Tampere-Tallinn, Estonia, three times daily;
● Turku-Tallinn, twice daily starting on November 14;
● Vaasa-Tallinn, six times per week starting on November 14;
● Oulu-Tallinn, six times per week starting on November 14; and
● Tallinn-Stockholm Bromma, Sweden, three times daily.
“Flybe is extremely proud to have this opportunity to serve Finland, Estonia and the Nordic/Baltic states’ area,” says Mike Rutter, managing director of Flybe Europe. “It is a moment we have been working towards for a long time. Today marks a brand new era of affordable travel choices for both leisure and business passengers to the region.”
Flybe says the new schedule offers viable, efficient and realistic alternative methods of travel to existing rail, road and ferry options, as well as enhancing the comprehensive regional network of direct routes across Finland and throughout the region
This means that passengers no longer have to fly via Helsinki unless they are using onward connections beyond Helsinki to the rest of the world through Flybe’s codeshare agreement with its partner, Finnair.
“Flybe’s partnership with Finnair will offer the same high standards of service that passengers have come to expect from Finncomm – and more,” says Rutter. “Our joint vision is for Flybe to become the leading regional airline for the Nordic and Baltic regions. We expect the new brand to become quickly established and recognised as the airline of choice for both leisure and business travel.”
Adds Rutter: “We will be working very hard to ensure that the transition of Finncomm into Flybe over the next two months will be as seamless as possible. Passengers will continue to see the same friendly, professional cabin and flight crews welcoming them on board all of the routes that have been flown by Finncomm.”
Flybe’s new routes will complement feeder traffic to Finnair’s international connections and will be included in Finnair’s flight schedules and flown as codeshare flights. Finnair Plus customers will continue to accumulate frequent-flyer points on Flybe flights.
Rutter said Flybe’s plans for further expansion into the region would include the future development of existing routes and routes to Latvia, Lithuania and Denmark.