SINGAPORE, 1 March 2022: Finnair confirmed Monday it would
continue flying to Singapore, Delhi in India and Bangkok and Phuket in
Thailand, but other Asian services are suspended until 6 March.
Finnair in a Twitter statement on Monday said it was joining many other European airlines to suspend flights through Russian airspace for one week. The suspension ends on 6 March.
Flights that span Russian airspace to Seoul, Osaka, Tokyo
and Shanghai in Asia, along with flights from Helsinki to Moscow and St
Petersburg, are grounded.
Flights from Helsinki to Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore and
Delhi and from Stockholm Arlanda to Bangkok and Phuket remain operational, but
the flight time increases by one hour.
Meanwhile, the airline reported to the Helsinki stock
exchange that the Russian airspace closure would notably impact air traffic
between Europe and Asia, which plays a vital role in Finnair’s network.
In response, the company withdrew its financial guidance
related to Q1 2022 and the operational environment in the half-year 2022
provided in the airline’s results released for Q4 2021.
“The crisis in Ukraine touches all Europeans, and we
understand the EU’s decision to close its airspace. We are implementing our
contingency plan as the situation has a considerable impact on Finnair.
Bypassing the Russian airspace lengthens flight times to Asia considerably and,
thus, the operation of most of our passenger and cargo flights to Asia is not
economically sustainable or competitive”,
said Finnair CEO, Topi Manner.
Finnair is currently preparing new traffic and cost savings
plans in case the situation prolongs and will provide further information
during the coming weeks.