Qatar Airways restarts Helsinki, Nordics get belly boost

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Qatar Airways is resuming flights to Helsinki (HEL) utilising A350-900 aircraft, which means the carrier now serves four Nordic capitals.

With the resumption of passenger flights to Helsinki, the airline will operate 39 weekly flights to the Nordic region – including daily flights to Oslo (FBU) and Stockholm (ARN) and five weekly flights to Copenhagen (CPH) – providing more than 1,400 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity each way.

During the earlier days of the pandemic, in addition to scheduled passenger services, Qatar Airways Cargo also operated a large number of scheduled freighters, charters and freight-only passenger aircraft. These were operated to Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Gothenburg (GOT) and Helsinki to support Nordic exporters and transport essential medical supplies and PPE to the region, Qatar says.

“We are glad to see Helsinki return to our network, a significant indicator of the recovery of the Nordic travel market,” says Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways group chief executive says.

“While the drop in air travel demand due to Covid-19 forced us to temporarily suspend services to Helsinki, we are proud to have never stopped flying to Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. As we pass the worst of the crisis, we look forward to increasing our services to the Nordic region to support the recovery of tourism and trade in the region,” Al Baker adds.

By the start of August, the airline’s network will expand to close to 500 weekly flights to over 75 destinations. The airline highlights that its “mix of modern fuel-efficient aircraft has meant its network has never fallen below 30 destinations throughout this crisis and has enabled the airline to adapt its plans and quickly resume routes to rebuild its global network.”

By optimising its mix of aircraft and grounding its A380 fleet, the airline continues to fly what it notes is the right-sized aircraft on all routes to the Nordics, reducing its environmental impact by offering sensible and responsible capacity to meet both passenger and cargo demand.

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