Photograph: Seppo JJ Sirkka EASTPRESS
Photograph: Seppo JJ Sirkka EASTPRESS

Finnair has received permission from Chinese authorities to begin operating one weekly flight as of July 23 between Helsinki and Shanghai.

Finland has opened its borders for work-related travel from China, but entry to Finland is still restricted for the time being pending an EU level decision on reciprocity.

Finnair currently offers connections to 24 European destinations from Helsinki.

In a news release Ole Orvér, chief commercial officer at Finnair, said: “The re-opening of our Shanghai route is great news for our customers and an important step for us, as China continues to play a key role in Finnair’s strategy. We look forward to increasing our service to the Chinese market soonest.” 

Finnair flies to over 30 destinations in July, operating altogether 80–90 flights per day and is increasing routes and frequencies in August and September.