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Ryanair plans several new Helsinki, Tampere routes

The low-cost airline said it plans to start new routes across Europe later this year.

Ryanairin lentokoneita Lontoon kentällä.
Ryanair jets parked at London's Stansted airport. Image: Andy Rain / EPA

Budget airline firm Ryanair has announced plans to open new routes from the Finnish cities of Helsinki and Tampere to the UK and Europe this autumn.

Starting in late October-early November, the airline will begin service from Helsinki to London, Paris, Milan, Brussels, Riga, the Polish cities of Warsaw and Poznań as well as Kaunas, Lithuania.

In addition, the firm said it will open a route from Tampere to London.

The Irish airline has previously announced plans to begin flights from Lappeenranta, Finland to Vienna, the Italian city of Bergamo and Memmingen, Germany.

Petri Vuori, director of Finland's national airport operator Finavia, said he was pleased about the news.

"It's great that Finland's good flight connections are recovering. It is a sign that we are on our way to better times," Vuori said in a statement.

Along with the rest of the world, the Finnish air travel industry collapsed during the global coronavirus epidemic.

According to Finavia, the number of passengers travelling through Finnish airports during the period of January to May of this year was just over 800,000, or more than 80 percent fewer than the same period last year.

However, following Finland's recent relaxation of cross-border restrictions and the use of EU Covid certificates, travel to and from other bloc countries has eased somewhat.

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