Finnair will begin seasonal non-stop service to Hanoi in Vietnam in summer 2013, continuing the airline’s strategic focus on traffic between Asia and Europe.
According to the airline, if the planned new service receives the required regulatory approvals it will make Finnair the only European airline to offer a direct connection from Europe to the capital of Vietnam, which has a population of 6.5 million.
Starting on June 14, Finnair will begin service to Hanoi’s Nội Bài International Airport (IATA code HAN) from its hub at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport with three round-trips per week. From Helsinki, Finnair offers connections to more than 60 European destinations.
Finnair will operate the Hanoi route throughout its summer schedule, which lasts until October 27. Finnair is represented in Vietnam by East Sea Travel & Air Service Group.
“We are delighted to be able add Hanoi as our 12th destination in Asia,” says Finnair CEO Mika Vehviläinen. “This is yet another important step for Finnair toward our long-term goal of doubling our Asian revenue by 2020.”
As a centre of higher education and R&D in the region, Hanoi is forecast by PricewaterhouseCoopers to have the world’s fastest growing economy between the years 2008 and 2025.
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 islands and islets.
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 optimized for transfer traffic between its intra-Europe and Asia flights. In addition to Hanoi, Finnair operates to Bangkok, Beijing, Chongqing, Delhi, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.