Finnair has reported an increase of more than 20 per cent in Australian bookings for the popular off-line carrier during the first quarter of 2016 over the same period last year.
Finnair Country Sales Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone, said these bookings, together with forward business already confirmed from this market for 2016 indicated a ”strong year ahead” for the acclaimed Finnish carrier.
Mr Stone said the introduction of the much-anticipated A350-XWB Hong Kong service last month was of specific interest for Australian travellers, many of whom connect with their Finnair European and North American flights in Hong Kong and Singapore, where the A350 will enter service later this year.
”There was much talk about the A350s and the setting of new benchmarks in comfort and technology when Finnair was announced last year as the first European airline to fly this aircraft and commenced with the long-haul service from Helsinki to Shanghai last November.”
Mr Stone also attributed the strong bookings out of Australia to the continual inclusion of new and seasonal destinations to its global network.
”There has been a strong uptake on our new Edinburgh service while London and the recently introduced flights for Dublin continue to perform well due to the extensive Finnair network of Asian departure points and the code share agreements in place with our oneworld partners for the Australian connections.”
Mr Stone anticipated there would be considerable interest from Australians travelling to Europe and North America in the new Stopover Finland activities and tours from Visit Finland in cooperation with Primera Holidays. Passengers are now able to book a stopover for their connecting flight to or from Helsinki on the new stopover.finnair.com website and can select experiences in and around Helsinki and take a short flight to Lapland, perhaps incorporating a visit to see Santa Claus.
”We will continue to provide special Finnair flight and accommodation offers for Australians throughout the year,” Mr Stone said.
”This is a long-standing and important market for Finnair.”