Helsinki Airport strengthens its position as a leading hub in Northern Europe – Japan Airlines will start operations

15.2.12 at 09:17

“Helsinki Airport warmly welcomes Japan Airlines to Helsinki. Helsinki provides the shortest and fastest connections between Europe and Japan. Japan Airlines’ operations to Helsinki enhance Helsinki's position as a leading transfer airport in Northern Europe", says Kimmo Ruotsalainen, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Finavia.

Japan Airlines’ nonstop service to Helsinki is the company’s first new service between Japan and Europe in 20 years. The service will be delivered with Boeing 787 aircraft. The new B787 Dreamliner will be the first of the new air craft operating to Helsinki.

“Helsinki Airport’s compact and well-designed terminal allows for minimum connection time as short as 35 to 40 minutes, making it an excellent transit point to and from 54 cities within Europe”, says Junji Tanaka, Regional General Manager, Germany, Central, Eastern and Northern Europe for Japan Airlines. “Customers traveling in both directions can expect from the oneworld alliance carriers, smoother connections onto Finnair's extensive network in Europe through Helsinki and also JAL's comprehensive network of flights into Asia through our hub operations in Narita.”

Helsinki Airport has been growing strongly last ten years in traffic between Europe and Asia. In year 2011 totally 1,63 million passengers (growth 15,4%) travelled via Helsinki Airport to Asia. Japan is the main destination country with over 400 000 passengers (growth 8,1 %). Helsinki is the Europe’s 4th most important airport in the Europe – Japan traffic. Only Frankfurt, Paris and London have more connections between Europe and Japan among the European airports.
Helsinki Airport focuses to serve Asian travelers. Helsinki has e.g. airport signage and information on the www site in Japanese.

“Finavia is really committed to improve our services for airlines and passengers at Helsinki Airport. Our target is to help even great passanger numbers smoothly to their destination with the help of the latest technology, innovative design and personalised service”, says Kimmo Ruotsalainen from Finavia.