Norse Atlantic won’t launch service across the Atlantic until early next year, but competition is still on the horizon for Stockholm’s transatlantic traffic. Finnair announced plans to launch a trio of new routes this winter connecting the Swedish capital and the United States.
We’re excited to provide American travelers easier and more frequent access to Finland and beyond through our expanded services. We’ve seen continued interest and demand for flights from our US markets and are pleased to grow and deliver the distinguished flying experience that Finnair is known for.– Caroline Borawski, General Manager, North America at Finnair
Miami gets first dibs on the new service, launching with twice weekly service on 23 October. That expands to 4x weekly on 29 November.
Los Angeles adds 3x weekly Stockholm service at the beginning of April. JFK gets its extra Sweden flights 3-4x per week from 7 December.
The routes will operate through 22 April.
In addition to these three routes Finnair will also extend its O’Hare-Helsinki service through the winter. Historically it only operated in the summer season.
It is not all good news for Finnair across the Atlantic, however. As part of its plans to add these routes the carrier trimmed Helsinki frequencies in those markets.
The new routes also appear to be betting on a change in border health policies occurring in the months ahead. Sweden currently does not permit entry of Americans, even if vaccinated. Finland does, however, permit fully vaccinated Americans to enter.
All flights will be operated on Finnair’s A350 fleet.
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