Nanjing launches direct flight to Helsinki
2018-05-14 17:21:00

Nanjing Lukou Internatinoal Airport ushers in Nanjing-Helsinki passenger service, May 14. (Photo provided to JiangsuNow)

The flight AY105 operated by Finnair landed at Nanjing Lukou International Airport on May 14, marking the launch of the seventh long-distance intercontinental passenger service opened in Nanjing following the flights to Frankfurt, Sydney, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Milan in Italy and Russia's St. Petersburg.

The Nanjing-Helsinki fight is operated by Airbus A330 passenger plane and the flight time is about 9 hours. According to the flight schedule, it takes off at 09:35 in Nanjing and arrives at 14:10 local time in Helsinki. The return flight departs Helsinki at 17:55 local time and arrives at Nanjing at 07:55 the next day. The summer flight will be three times a week. It will fly from Helsinki to Nanjing every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, and return to Helsinki on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The winter fight will be twice a week.

Finnair has been awarded the "World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe" for eight consecutive years. Currently, Finnair operates six direct flights to Greater China including Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Xi'an, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, and Nanjing is the seventh destination. Alipay, Wi-Fi services and Nordic cuisine are provided on  the flight. Signs in Chinese are also provided at Helsinki Airport.

The total number of flight routes at Nanjing Lukou International Airport has reached more than 260, including over 222 passenger services.

Lu Liusheng, deputy secretary-general of Jiangsu Provincial Government addressed the launching ceremony. “Since the reform and opening up, the economic, trade, scientific and technological and cultural cooperation between Jiangsu and Finland have been continuously strengthened. The demand for air transport has become more prosperous. The opening of the Nanjing-Helsinki flight service will build a bridge for economic, trade cooperation and personnel exchanges between Jiangsu, Finland and even Northern Europe,” he said.

Zhu Wensong, deputy general manager of Nanjing Lukou Int’l Airport said: ”Nanjing Airport is an important regional aviation hub in East China. Nanjing is speeding up the opening of international flights to meet the increasing demands of the residents of Jiangsu. We're now planning to open more flights to Los Angeles and Vancouver, new passenger services to Melbourne and the Middle East."

Source: Editor: Dylan