Norwegian and airBaltic launch new flights in Finland

Norwegian enters Finland’s internal market and airBaltic introduces new service between Oulu in Finland and Tromso in Norway.

The Norway-based low-cost airline Norwegian is commencing scheduled flights from Oulu and Rovaniemi to Helsinki on 31 March 2011. Norwegian has provided connections from Helsinki to Stockholm and Oslo for almost a year and will now expand its route selection to Finland’s internal flight market. Helsinki-Vantaa will be a new Nordic hub for Norwegian, according to Finavia Corporation which maintains the network of 25 airports in Finland. Norwegian’s entry to Finland’s internal market is set to increase competition with the existing carriers Finnair, Blue1, Finncomm and airBaltic.

Latvia's national air carrier airBaltic will launch flights between Finland's Oulu and Norway's Tromso on 29 April 2011. The airline is focusing on adding new flights from Finland, where the company keeps its hub at Oulu Airport. airBaltic will fly on the Oulu-Tromso route twice a week using the Bombardier Q400 aircraft. The duration of the flight is one hour and 30 minutes.

During the summer season airBaltic will add an evening flight from Lappeenranta to Riga thanks to increasing passenger volumes, according to airBaltic’s commercial director Tero Taskila. Flights between Lappeenranta and Kuopio will be discontinued. Instead, in the future there will be direct flights from Kuopio to Riga. The airline will also increase the number of flights between Vaasa and Riga from four flights per week to a daily service during the summer season. According to Taskila, airBaltic will also have twice daily flights from Riga to Turku and Oulu.

Sources: Etelä-Saimaa, Pohjalainen, Kauppalehti, Finavia