(FINNBAY) – Helsinki, 4 June 2014. Finnair decided to open new direct flights to three cities in Russia (Nizhny Novgorod, Samara and Kazan) this summer. The company considers locations’ importance as they are “historic regional centres on the Volga River in the Russian Federation.”
Flights to Nizhny Novgorod will begin from 25 July, Samara will be on August 7 and Kazan on 18 August. Flights will run three times per week.
“The Russian Federation is Finland’s largest trading partner outside the EU, and Finland is viewed by many in Russia as a favourable place to conduct business or take a holiday,” says Allister Paterson, Finnair’s Chief Commercial Officer.
Nizhny Novgorod, with 1.2 million inhabitants, is a growing IT hub and the administrative centre of the Volga Federal District. Kazan, population 1.1 million, is the multi-ethnic capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the world’s centre of Tatar Muslim culture. Samara, also with population of 1.1 million, is an industrial hub of southern Russia noted for its aerospace industries and Samara State Aerospace University.
“Our new routes and frequencies will help meet demand for outbound Russian travel not only to Finland, but to other destinations throughout Finnair’s European network thanks to our compact and efficient hub in Helsinki. We also hope these new routes prompt Finns and other Europeans to discover three historic cities on the Volga, each growing in commercial importance,” says Paterson.
Routes to Samara, Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod are flown with Embraer E90 aircraft operated on behalf of Finnair by Flybe Finland.