MIAMI — Think for a moment about the bitter cold climate in Helsinki during a Nordic winter. Now, think about the exact opposite of that climate. There is a good chance your mind wandered to Miami, and that is exactly what Finnair has in mind.
Starting December 16th, 2014 and running through March 21st, 2015, Finnair will operate seasonal service to Miami. Initially, the airline will operate two weekly flights utilizing an Airbus A340-300 aircraft, with a third weekly flight added on January 16th. Finnair served Miami in the past with the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and MD-11, but the route was eliminated in 2005.
“Services to Miami with codeshare partners have always been popular, and the time is now right to offer a direct nonstop route in the winter season in addition to these services,” says Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo. “Finns love Miami and southern Florida, and there is a sizeable Finnish expatriate community in the region. At the same time, this new direct route also gives us the opportunity to develop Finland and Lapland as exotic winter tourism destinations for Americans.”
Reopening the Miami route will strengthen the already strong Oneworld alliance airport. Finnair passengers will benefit from the expanded connecting flight options at the American Airlines hub, specifically to Caribbean destinations, while all Oneworld passengers will benefit from yet another option across the Atlantic.
The South Florida area has become a hotbed of aviation activity as of late. Norwegian Air Shuttle recently began international flights from Fort Lauderdale with the Boeing 787, a move which has made several U.S. based carrier cry foul. JetBlue has also had Fort Lauderdale in its sights, ramping up flight operations and creating an international destination launching point. Qatar Airways will also begin flights to Miami, providing the region with its first direct link to the Middle East since 2008.