Mumbai: Sensing a likely revival of passenger traffic in the winter season commencing in October, Finnair has announced the restart of its operations from Mumbai to Europe. Beginning 18 October, the Nordic carrier will offer three flights a week from the city with a brand new fleet of Airbus-330 aircraft.
Finnair had temporarily suspended its flights from Mumbai between May and mid-October citing unfavourable economic conditions and overcapacity on Mumbai-Europe routes. It had been offering four flights a week between Mumbai and Helsinki.
It will now restart its services with an inaugural tariff of Rs29,900, for an all-inclusive return ticket to Helsinki and 11 European destinations. It will also offer flexibilities for rescheduling normally available on a full-fare business ticket, a senior airline official said.
According to Kari Stolbow, director for the Indian subcontinent, the fare includes all levies and taxes and holds good not just for Helsinki, but also to 11 European destinations including London, Brussels, Oslo and Amsterdam.
He said the new A-330 aircraft deployed for the operation will have a configuration of 42 business class seats and 229 seats in the economy section. Services will commence with three flights a week.
He also pointed out that business class fare was also priced competitively at Rs78,000.