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'Virtual' airline could fly Pori-Helsinki route

Plans are afoot to launch a “virtual” airline service between Pori and Helsinki next autumn. The budget airline Flybe abandoned the route last spring, saying it was unprofitable.

Image: YLE / Mari Itkonen

The Pori-based airline Air100 has plans to reinstate an airline connection between the western city and Helsinki. The company is preparing a dual-track approach to providing the airline service.

Project leader Ville Majasaari said that while its own air operator license is the main objective, another option would be to set up a virtual airline. In practice this would mean that Air100 would market flights operated by another airline already certified to fly the route.

“I think both alternatives are economically feasible, but if we want to get flights going as early as the autumn, the virtual company is the only option. The idea is to begin flights using the virtual company while we pursue the air operator certificate,” Majasaari explained.

Air100 has been in negotiations with a number of different operators, but has so far not finalized any agreements. The budget airline Flybe gave up the Pori-Helsinki route in April.

Sources: Yle

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