Russian airline S7 will commence flights from Moscow Domodedovo airport to Helsinki Airport on 26 April with the Airbus A319. S7 will fly the route daily, with the plane arriving in Helsinki at 12.05 p.m. and departing to Moscow at 12.45 p.m. “S7 is a member of Oneworld airline alliance, which offers Russian passengers an extensive route network all over the world via Helsinki,” says Ville Haapasaari, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport Director from Finavia, the company that operates Finnish airports.
Helsinki Airport already has direct route connections to four different city destinations in Russia. Finnair and Aeroflot operate daily to Moscow Sheremetyevo airport. Finnair also flies to Saint Petersburg twice a day and to Yekaterinburg four times a week. Last year, Russian airline Severstal opened a new route from Cherepovets to Helsinki, which is the only direct air connection from Cherepovets to Europe.
More services for Russian passengers
“Russians are currently already the second largest international passenger group at Helsinki Airport. We have increased the number of Russian signs and developed the product selections of shops and restaurants to better meet the wishes of Russian customers. During springtime, several new shops will be opened at the airport,” says Haapasaari.
Previously, the air traffic convention between Finland and Russia enabled only one company from each country to operate on the Moscow route. The renewal of the convention at the end of October made it possible for a new airline to arrive in the market. Two companies from each country can now operate on the same route. As a result of the change, Finavia estimates that the number of passengers will increase significantly.