In May 2012 Finnair will introduce a direct route to Chongqing, the largest and fastest-growing city in China.
The new route is a logical step in the implementation of Finnair´s Asian strategy. The goal is to benefit from the market growth in Asia and open new routes to markets where growth is strongest.
Finnair is the first airline to open a direct flight route from Europe to Chongqing.
Situated on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, Greater Chongqing has a population on 32 million. In addition, Chongqing´s urban population is expected to double over the next five years.
In addition to Chinese companies many Western companies , especially in the electronics, automotive and chemical industries, are currently expanding their operations in the city. Also cargo growth prospects are promising due to industrial growth.
Chongqing Airport´s growth potential is huge. The airport has already opened 140 routes to more than 80 cities in China and Asia, and the airport is undergoing expansion. When the expansion is complete in 2015, the airport will be capable of receiving 45 millions passengers a year.
Finnair will fly to Chongqing four times a week with Finnair´s Airbus A340 aircraft. The new route will be opened in May 2012, and the flight time from Helsinki to Chongqing will be eight and a half hours. In addition to Chongqing, Finnair flies to 10 other Asian destinations.
Published August 24, 2011