Flydubai has started operating its new daily service to Helsinki, becoming the first UAE carrier to offer direct flights to Finland’s capital city from Dubai.
The inaugural flight departed from Dubai International’s Terminal 2 on October 23.
The flight from Dubai departs at 5.25pm and arrive in Helsinki at 11.10pm. The return flight leaves 10.55pm and arrives in Dubai at 7.25am (the timings are slightly later on Saturdays).
The route will be operated by flydubai’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
From May to September 2019, flydubai will operate 4 weekly flights between Dubai and Helsinki due to seasonal demand, a statement said.
Business class return fares start at Dhs7,550 while economy class return fares begin at Dhs1,545 including taxes.
Dubai airline Emirates will also codeshare on this route as part of the Emirates flydubai partnership, the statement added.
Jeyhun Efendi, SVP, Commercial Operations and e-commerce at flydubai said: “As the first carrier to operate a year-round direct flight from the UAE to Finland, we expect this route to be very popular for travellers from Dubai and the region as we make the market more accessible for adventure seekers, those who want to see the Northern Lights, Lapland and those visiting family and friends alike.”
Finland attracts more than six million tourists a year, but most flights to the market so far have been seasonal.
“We have seen healthy demand especially for our business class since the route was announced in April this year. We expect this trend to continue from Dubai as well as see growing numbers of connecting passengers from both the Emirates and the flydubai networks,” Efendi added.
From December 2, 2018, flights to Helsinki along with a number of flydubai’s European routes including Bucharest, Krakow, Prague, Zagreb and others will operate from Terminal 3, Dubai International as part of the codeshare partnership with Emirates.
The first codeshare flight took off on October 29, 2017 and the codeshare network has expanded to 80 destinations and the combined network is expected to reach 240 destinations by 2022.
For bookings under the codeshare, Emirates passengers receive complimentary meals and the Emirates checked baggage allowance on flights operated by flydubai.