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Finnair to resume some flights to Asia, Europe from July

The airline said that it hoped to operate one-third the usual number of flights in July.

Finnairin liput liehuvat yhtiön pääkonttorin edustalla.
Finnair flags fly at its corporate headquarters in Vantaa, Finland. Image: Tiina Jutila / Yle

National air carrier Finnair announced on Monday that it planned to gradually resume flights to European and Asian destinations from July as travel restrictions are dismantled globally.

The airline said that from July it would begin to serve important European destinations such as Berlin, Brussels, London, Moscow and Paris. From August, it said it planned flights to airports in Barcelona, Madrid, Milan and Rome.

Meanwhile, the airline, which bet heavily on positioning itself as a hub between Asia and Europe in recent years, said it will begin flying to Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore and Bangkok in July. In August, it also plans to resume service to Delhi and New York, while the winter season will take it to Miami and Phuket, it said.

Finnair chief commercial officer Ole Orvér said that the carrier's intention is to operate 30 percent of the usual number of flights in July.

"A recent customer survey indicated that people are already planning business and leisure travel," Orvér said in a statement.

"We add routes and weekly flights from month to month as demand recovers," he continued.

The airline said that it would review its flight schedule on a monthly basis. It also noted that it is ready to add more flights depending on demand and possible changes in travel restrictions.

Monday's announcement followed reports on Sunday that Finnair planned to continue its freeze on services to domestic airports, at least until the end of the year.

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