Airlines increase domestic and international routes in Finland

Ryanair, Finnair, airBaltic, Blue1 and Nordavia are all opening new routes

Ryanair has started a twice weekly service from Lappeenranta to Brussels South Charleroi Airport on 2 November, with more new routes expected. In February and March, Ryanair is also flying three times a weeks from Tampere to Milan, and then starting a regular service from Tampere to Pisa from the beginning of April. Ryanair’s summer season flights from Tampere to Malaga will start on 28 March.

Blue 1 will have direct flights twice a week from Vaasa and Kuopio to the Finnish winter resort Kittilä in Lapland, starting in February 2011 for the duration of the skiing season until the beginning of May. Finnair is opening a new daily route to Gdansk on 27 March 2011, its third destination in Poland in addition to Warsaw and Krakov.

Latvia's national air carrier airBaltic has opened regular flights from Riga and Tampere to the Finnish winter resort Kittilä. The company will have three flights per week on the route, using a Bombardier Q400 aircraft. The Russian airline Nordavia is opening a route from Murmansk to Helsinki, with three flights a week starting on 2 December 2010.

Sources: Aamulehti, Etelä-Saimaa, Finnair, Blue1, Kaleva