Finnair adds #2 route to Thailand with Phuket flights
Finnair, the flag carrier and largest airline of Finland, commenced operations to its second destination in Thailand on 14 November, launching twice-weekly flights (Fridays and Saturdays) from its Helsinki (HEL) base to Phuket (HKT).
The 8,312-kilometre sector was converted from a charter service, and will be served until 28 March utilising the oneworld member’s A340-300s.
Interestingly, the new service will see a frequency increase to thrice-weekly from 14 December. TUIfly Nordic is already operating this airport pair with twice-weekly services, while Finnair is also flying to Thailand with 10 weekly flights to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi.
Finnair, the United Nations children’s organization UNICEF and Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, have joined forces to benefit the world’s most unprivileged children. Passengers now have the opportunity to make a donation to UNICEF and support education for Asian children when booking their flights on the Finnair website. The option will become available as of 27 October 2014 and donations will be possible in sums of one, five or ten euros.
Donated sums are directed to UNICEF’s Schools for Asia campaign, which supports education for the most vulnerable children in 11 Asian countries.
“We hope that passengers will back our aim of providing a better future for many Asian children,” says Pekka Vauramo, CEO of Finnair. “Even very small sums can make a big difference, and every donation is significant to those who benefit.”