Finnair is launching new routes from Helsinki to Nizhny Novgorod, Samara and Kazan, three cities which are regional centers on the Volga River in the Russian Federation.
The airline will begin operating to Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (IATA code GOJ) on July 25, and to Samara’s Kurumoch International Airport (KUF) from August 7.
Finnair will begin serving Kazan International Airport (KZN) from August 18. Its services to all three cities will be operated by Embraer 190 jets operated on behalf of Finnair by Flybe Finland.
Flybe Finland will operate three round-trips a week on each of the three new Finnair routes. According to Finnair, the schedules for its services to and from all three Russian Federation cities connect well with flights to various European destinations.
“The Russian Federation is Finland’s largest trading partner outside the EU, and Finland is viewed by many in Russia as a favorable place to conduct business or take a holiday,” says Allister Paterson , Finnair’s chief commercial officer.
“Our new routes and frequencies will help meet demand for outbound Russian travel not only to Finland, but to other destinations throughout Finnair’s European network thanks to our compact and efficient hub in Helsinki. We also hope these new routes prompt Finns and other Europeans to discover three historic cities on the Volga, each growing in commercial importance.”
Finnair’s schedule for the Helsinki-Nizhny Novgorod service will see its flight departing Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) at 11:55 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from July 25 and reaching GOJ at 3:05 a.m. the next morning, local time. The flight is of 2 hours 10 minutes duration.
In the other direction, Finnair’s flight leaves GOJ at 4:55 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from July 26 and arrives at HEL at 6:10 a.m., local time. The duration of the flight is 2 hours 15 minutes.
The schedule for Finnair’s Helsinki-Samara service will see its flight pushing back from the gate at HEL at 11:40 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from August 7, and touching down at KUF at 3:15 the next morning, local time. The flight will take 2 hours 40 minutes.
In the other direction, Finnair’s flight will begin taxiing at KUF at 4:05 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from August 8 and will land at HEL at 6:00 a.m. local time. The flight is of 2 hours 55 minutes duration.
Finnair’s schedule for its Helsinki-Kazan service will see its flight leaving HEL at 11:55 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from August 18 and getting to KZN at 3:25 a.m. the next day), local time. The flight will take 2 hours 30 minutes.
In the other direction, Finnair’s flight will depart KZN at 4:25 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from August 19 and each flight is scheduled to be of 2 hours 40 minutes duration.
Nizhny Novgorod, with 1.2 million inhabitants, is a growing IT hub and the administrative center of the Volga Federal District, according to Finnair.
Kazan, population 1.1 million, is the multi-ethnic capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the world’s center of Tatar Muslim culture.
Samara, also with a population of 1.1 million, is an industrial hub of southern Russia noted for its aerospace industries and Samara State Aerospace University.
Elsewhere in the Russian Federation, Finnair flies twice-daily round-trips from Helsinki to St. Petersburg, nine weekly round-trips to Moscow Sheremetyevo and four times each week to Yekaterinburg.
Through oneworld partner S7 Airlines, Finnair also offers codeshare connections between Helsinki and Moscow Domodedovo, and onward to Kazan, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Ufa and Yekaterinburg.