HELSINKI: Flydubai has inaugurated its new daily service to Helsinki, Finland, becoming the first national carrier for the UAE to offer direct flights from Dubai.
The inaugural flight departed yesterday from Terminal 2, Dubai International Airport (DXB) and landed at Helsinki Airport (HEL) just before midnight. Dubai-based carrier offers year-round direct flights to Finland.
The new route is code-shared with Emirates and gives passengers access to more than 200 destinations worldwide on the combined network.
Finland attracts more than 6 million tourists a year, but most flights to the market so far have been seasonal. The new scheduled direct flights from Dubai will give passengers easier access into Finland and help stimulate trade and tourism around the year.
On board the flight was a delegation led by Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations and e-commerce at flydubai, and was joined by Thierry Aucoc, Senior Vice President, commercial (Europe & Russian Federation) at Emirates, Riitta Swan, Finnish ambassador to the UAE, together with representatives from regional media outlets. On arrival in Helsinki, the delegation was welcomed by senior officials from the airport.
Speaking at a press conference to mark the occasion, Efendi said: “As the first carrier to operate a year-round direct flight from the UAE to Finland, we expect this route to be very popular for travellers from Dubai and the region as we make the market more accessible for adventure seekers, those who want to see the Northern Lights, Lapland and those visiting family and friends alike. Passengers travelling on this route will be able to enjoy the added comfort offered by our latest innovations in cabin design as well as an exceptional travel experience onboard our new Boeing MAX 8 aircraft.”
Flydubai provides its customers with a better travel experience by offering greater choice and flexibility. With flydubai’s Business Class, passengers can enjoy a more personalised flying experience while Economy Class offers comfortable seating and a convenient way to travel.
From December 2, flights to Helsinki along with a number of flydubai’s European routes including Bucharest, Krakow, Prague, Zagreb and others will operate from Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport (DXB), optimising connectivity for those travelling through the world’s busiest airport.