Ljubljana to Helsinki with Finnair

A new scheduled route between Ljubljana and Helsinki has been up and running since 6 April, operated by Finnair. There are four flights a week, on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Tickets are available from €300, excluding airport taxes and other fees.

Finnair, which carries 9 million passengers annually, is one of the oldest airlines in the world; it also records the fewest number of delays to its flights. The company flies to more than 40 European destinations.

Finnair is also one of the fastest-growing airlines linking Europe and Asia. Its home airport, Helsinki-Vantaa, is an excellent departure point, and one used by all airlines for flights between the two continents. Its ideal location gives Finnair passengers fuss-free transfer between Asian and European routes. Helsinki-Vantaa is also one of the least congested airports. Finnair currently offers over 60 weekly flights to ten destinations in Asia: Delhi, Bangkok, Beijing, Guangzhou (Canton), Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. In June the company will commence flights to a second Indian destination, Mumbai. 

Ralf Masserman, Finnair sales director for Austria and Slovenia, had this to say on the opening of the new LjubljanaHelsinki route: The new LjubljanaHelsinki route is very important for us. We are expanding our network of destinations throughout Europe, which enables us to offer excellent links with Asian countries via Helsinki. That is the key to our future success.

Vinko Može, president of the management board of Aerodrom Ljubljana, on the new route: The Helsinki route is a real boost for Ljubljana airport and we expect to gain around 20,000 new passengers from it. Slovenia will thus be reconnected to Scandinavia, which is the outcome of the efforts we have made over a number of years. We expect the route to be of interest to domestic as well as foreign passengers, and to be used by businesspeople as well as tourists.

Birgitta Stenius-Mladenov, Finnish ambassador to Slovenia, took the opportunity to say that since the opening of the Finnish embassy in Ljubljana three years ago, we have been constantly aware of the good links between Finland and Slovenia in terms of new business opportunities and political connections. The opening of a scheduled airline route is extremely welcome, enabling as it does the expansion and deepening of communication and contacts that have already been established, and more especially we are delighted with the new opportunity it gives to raise awareness of both countries. The fact that quite a large number of seats have already been booked for the summer flights means that Finland is an interesting tourist destination for Slovenia as well. I wish the new route every success.

Brnik, 12 April 2007