Finnair will add extra seats to its service between Heathrow and Helsinki for the summer 2019 season by switching to an A330 on one flight and adding a new daily frequency.

The new frequency, which will add to Finnair’s existing selection of daily flights, will be operated by an A320 family aircraft and will depart Helsinki at 1140, with the return service leaving London at 1350 local time. Flights launch on 31 March.

During the summer 2019 season, Finnair will operate up to seven daily flights on the route.

In addition, Finnair will change the existing 1600 flight from Helsinki and the returning 1810 service to be operated by an A330 wide-body aircraft, which will provide a further 50 seats per flight compared to the current A321 narrow-body plane.

Combined, the new flight and aircraft change will add around 21 per cent more capacity compared to the summer 2018 schedule.

Finnair says the increased capacity will benefit those travelling between London and Helsinki, as well as passengers connecting to one of the airline’s flights to Asia at Helsinki.

Christian Lesjak, senior vice president of network and resource management at Finnair, commented: “Finnair’s presence in London and in the UK has been growing steadily over the past few years and we are pleased to add capacity on this important route for Finnair. By adding the new midday frequency and flying an additional wide-body aircraft on the route, we will be able to offer even more flexibility and network connections for our customers.”

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