The airline will begin the new service to France's second-largest city on April 2. Finnair will serve Lyon, which is located in east-central France,...

Finnair is launching a new, twice-daily service between its Helsinki hub and the French city of Lyon in April 2012.

The airline will begin the new service to France’s second-largest city on April 2. Finnair will serve Lyon, which is located in east-central France, with Embraer 190s.


Finnair says the route will provide not only a convenient service to Finland, but also smooth connections to all of Finnair’s Asian destinations, for residents of Lyon and its surroundings. The new service will also connect to Finnair’s domestic routes, according to the carrier.

This is how Finnair's Embraer 190s look in the airline's new livery

“For passengers travelling from Asia, Finnair offers very fast connections to a comprehensive European route network that will be further enhanced with the addition of Lyon,” says Ville Iho, Finnair’s senior vice president, operations.

Finnair will operate a morning round-trip and an evening round-trip on the route. The airline’s daily morning flight from Helsinki to Lyon will depart at 7:50 a.m. and its daily afternoon flight at 4:00 p.m. In the other direction, Finnair’s first flight will leave Lyon daily at 10:45 a.m. and its evening flight at 6:50 p.m.

Situated at the convergence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon has a population of more than 1.2 million and its metropolitan area is the second-largest in France. A tram service connects Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport to the city center in just half an hour.

Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is also served by direct high-speed TGV train connecting to other parts of France and Italy. Finnair says Lyon is also an excellent hub for tourists travelling to hike or ski in the Alps, for example in Grenoble or Miribel.

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