In its latest news release dated October 6th 2020, Finnair says that it is still suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic, but intends to add destinations from next summer.
Due to reduced demand, Finnair has had to reduce winter destinations, but plans to increase flights during the spring of 2121.
General ground restrictions generally also affect Finnair’s flights. Between October 25th 2020 and March 31st 2021, Finnair will fly 45 domestic and European flights at reduced weekly frequencies on almost all routes.
Finnair’s passenger flights to the United States have been suspended since March.
Finnair’s long-haul flights focus on Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nanjing and Bangkok, which are also important cargo destinations. On the Bangkok route, Finnair flies passengers only on the BKK-HEL section. Finnair will also continue only cargo flights to Singapore and New York.
Finnair’s Commercial Director Ole Orvér says that Finnair continues to maintain critical flight connections between Europe and Asia.
“The pandemic situation and the related travel restrictions continue to have a strong impact on the demand for air travel, so it will not be possible to implement all the flights we planned in May this winter,” Finnair’s CEO Ole Orvér says in the newsletter.
From November 2020 to March 2021, Finnair plans to fly 75 flights a day, and it will continue to review its traffic program based on estimated demand, as changing travel restrictions will continue to affect demand for air travel. In 2019, Finnair flew about 350 flights a day and had more than 100 destinations in Europe, Asia and North America. Due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by travel restrictions, Finnair offers flexible travel date changes for all flights booked for the period from April 1st 2020 to March 31st 2021. The airline will contact Finnair customers whose flight has been canceled directly and offer an alternative flight if possible. Guests can also opt for a full refund of the ticket if the new flight offered is not suitable.
Finnair plans to open its new Busan route to South Korea in the summer season 2021. Finnair also plans to start operating to Tokyo Haneda Airport during the summer. However, flights to San Francisco in the United States, Xi’an and Beijing to Daxing in China and Sapporo in Japan remain suspended.
At the end of September, Finnair began cooperating with the Finnish private health care company Terveystalo to offer its customers easy and fast access to coronavirus testing before the trip.
Some countries require a negative coronavirus test result and a certificate from arriving passengers. The partnership between Finnair and Terveystalo ensures that customers are provided with the test certificate required by the target country conveniently and in a timely manner. In addition, Finnair’s customers have access to testing services at a reduced price and the opportunity to buy with Finnair Plus points. The test and results are timed in a way that meets the destination requirements. Customers have access to a fast testing service and waiting time for results is minimized. In the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, the result is completed within 24 hours of testing and elsewhere in Finland in an average of 36 hours. Customers will receive the test result via SMS, and the certificate will be delivered electronically or in writing.
In August, Finnair announced that it would start co-operation negotiations on its plan to reduce up to 1,000 jobs, make other structural changes and implement additional layoffs due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The co-operation negotiations concern approximately 2,800 Finnair employees working in Finland, and similar processes are conducted in Finnair’s foreign units. Finnair employs a total of about 6,700 people, of whom 6,200 work in Finland. Almost all Finnair employees in Finland have been laid off in part during the spring and summer. In addition to the planned personnel reductions, Finnair will continue temporary layoffs for practically all of its personnel in Finland. Temporary layoffs can be either temporary or indefinite.
IATA (International Travel Document News) website provides information on the various countries and their restrictions, as well as the documents required to arrive in the country during the Covid-19 pandemic. There you will find the latest information on which visas are available for entry into the United States, in addition to those with a Green Card and U.S. citizens.