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Ryanair drops last Finnish winter route

The low-cost carrier’s last departure from Finland this year will be out of Tampere on 2 November.

Image: Tommi Parkkinen/Yle

No-frills Irish carrier Ryanair, Europe's largest airline by passengers carried, is cancelling its last remaining year-round Finnish route. The twice-weekly flights have linked Lappeenranta in eastern Finland with Bergamo, near Milan in northern Italy. Previously Ryanair also flew from Lappeenranta to Barcelona and Weeze, near Düsseldorf, Germany.

Ryanair’s last flight out of Lappeenranta is scheduled for 21 October 2015.

The company’s marketing and sales director for the Nordic region, Elina Hakkarainen, confirmed the move to Yle, saying that “due to operative reasons Ryanair’s Lappeenranta–Milan route will not be flown during the 2015-16 winter season.”

She says the airline is now finalising its summer 2016 timetable, which will be unveiled in September or October.

Ryanair’s only other Finnish flights are in and out of the south-central hub of Tampere, linking it to destinations in Germany, Hungary, Spain and the UK.

Earlier this year, Ryanair announced that these routes will be suspended during the winter season, with the last departures on 2 November. They are expected to resume in late March or early April 2016.

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