The changing travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic have forced the state-owned airline to reduce flights to about 75 a day.

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Finnair has cut flights for the winter season because of a diminished customer demand related to the travel restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Finnair’s long-haul flights will focus on Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nanjing and Bangkok, which according to the airline, are also important cargo destinations.

“The pandemic situation and the related travel restrictions continue to have a heavy impact on demand for air travel, and thus it is not feasible to operate all the flights we in May planned for this winter,” Ole Orvér, chief commercial officer at Finnair, said in a statement.

From October 25, 2020, to March 31, 2021, Finnair will serve 45 domestic and European destinations with reduced weekly frequencies on almost all routes.

From November 2020 to March 2021, Finnair is scheduled to operate approximately 75 flights per day, and it will continue to review its traffic program based on estimated demand. In 2019, Finnair flew about 350 flights a day and had more than 100 destinations in Europe, Asia and North America.

On the Bangkok route, Finnair flies passengers only on the BKK–HEL leg. Finnair will also continue cargo-only flights to Singapore and New York.

Finnair will also temporarily close its lounge at the Schengen area of Helsinki Airport. Finnair’s lounges at the Non-Schengen side have been shut since March.

Finnair plans to expand its network and increase weekly frequencies in spring 2021.