Finnair to cut capacity by 90 pct from April 1

  • 2020-03-16
  • STT/BNS/TBT Staff

HELSINKI - Finnish airline Finnair has decided to reduce approximately 90 per cent of its normal capacity due to the coronavirus outbreak from the beginning of April until the situation normalizes.

As of April 1, Finnair will temporarily operate only approximately 20 routes, ensuring certain critical air and cargo supply connections for Finland during this exceptional situation, the airline said.

Finnair will start transitioning to the limited network immediately and will cancel between 1,500 to 2,000 flights from March 16 to 31.

Ordinarily, Finnair operates 110 routes and some 12,000 flights per month; from early April, however, the number of flights is to be reduced to around 1,600.

"The coronavirus epidemic has decreased air travel dramatically, but we want to maintain the most critical air connections for Finland also in this exceptional situation," Topi Manner, Finnair's CEO, said. “We continue to follow the situation closely, adding routes and frequencies to the traffic program as demand returns. We hope to be able to return to normal operations as soon as the coronavirus situation alleviates."