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Finnair makes Goa touchdown

Nordic airline, Finnair made a Goa touchdown recently with the first flight landing at Dabolim international airport on November 2. Goa is the second destination in India after Delhi to be directly connected by the carrier. 

“Flights from Goa- Helsinki will be bi-weekly and operate on Mondays and Thursday,” said Desmond Chacko, general manager, India. In addition the airline is also expanding its Delhi services, flying six times a week during the winter season, he said.

“With over 6,000 Finnish citizens visiting Goa and given the robust load in charter operations, Finnair decided to operate scheduled flights to the state,” said Chacko.

“Goa is a popular winter holiday destination especially among Nordic customers. This winter season is the first time we operate Goa as a scheduled flight route”, he said, adding that, Finnair is poised to enter the largest expansion in its history during the upcoming winter season. The airline also plans to commence direct flights to south Asia countries, he said.

“It gets very cold during the winter in Finland, with temperatures dropping to sub-zero. Many people want to come to a warmer place and Goa is a very nice destination,” said senior vice-president corporate communication and corporate responsibility, Arja Suominen.

The official airline of Santa Claus, Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki. The airline carries more than ten million passengers annually. The network currently connects 19 cities in Asia and seven cities in North America with over 100 destinations in Europe. Finnair is a pioneer in sustainable flying. It is the first European airline to fly the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and it also the first to be listed in the leadership index of the worldwide carbon disclosure project. Finnair is the only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking and has also won the World Airline award for best airline in northern Europe for the past seven years running.

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