Finnish flag carrier, Finnair released a statement today regarding its flying programme for October 2020. They’ve announced that a slow recovery in demand for air travel due to the COVID-19 Pandemic has forced them to reduce their previously planned flying programme from around 200 daily flights to a revised programme that would see around 70-80 daily flights in October.

Chief Commercial Officer of Finnair, OleOrvér stated “We want to maintain critical connections for Finland to European centres and to our most important Asian destinations, as travel is vital for the Finnish business community,” and added, “However, as travel restrictions have a direct impact on demand, operating the traffic programme we published earlier is unfortunately not feasible.” 

Finnair Passengers Carried by market on August 2020 and August 2019

Finnair Passengers Carried by market on August 2020 and August 2019

The above chart compares the number of passengers carried in August of 2019 and 2020 along with the percentage change between the 2 periods. The airline for August 2020 saw passengers carried fall by 100% for the North Atlantic market with Asia down 96.4%, the carrier continues to serve Singapore and New York with cargo-only flights as travel and border restrictions hamper the recovery for air travel.

The airline adds Nanjing in September and October to complement their services to Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and Shanghai in Asia.

As a result, Finnair would serve around 42 destinations in October 2020 compared with the same period last year when they flew around 350 daily flights to over 100 destinations in Europe, North America and Asia.

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