• Winter flights to Sapporo will take off in December 2019 to become the carrier’s latest hotspot for skiers

  • Additional flights added to Tokyo and Hong Kong to meet demand from customers

  • Winter sunseekers can also enjoy a new seasonal service to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic

LONDON, UK, 14 January 2019 – British ski lovers can enjoy a piste of the action in the Far East when Finnair starts twice weekly flights to the stunning Japanese ski resort of Sapporo.

The prestigious new winter route for 2019/2020 is the Finnish flag carrier’s fifth destination in Japan, in addition to Tokyo Narita, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. Finnair also becomes the only European carrier to operate services to Sapporo.

Sapporo is well known as a great winter and skiing destination offering stunning landscapes and fantastic winter-themed activities in a traditional Japanese setting.

Christian Lesjak, Finnair Senior Vice President, Network and Resource Management, said: “Japan is a key market for us, and we are excited about adding Sapporo to our network.”

“With the new route, Finnair is the only European airline to fly a scheduled route to Sapporo. With five key Japanese cities in our network, we are now the largest European carrier flying to Japan.”

The new route is part of Finnair’s ambitious growth strategy, which will offer two flights a week from London via Helsinki from 15 December 2019 to 17 March 2020.

It also means customers benefit from extra flights to Tokyo and Hong Kong. Finnair is adding two weekly frequencies on its Tokyo Narita route for the winter, flying a total of nine times a week.

Finnair flights to Hong Kong will be boosted for the winter 2019/2020 season, with double daily services to Hong Kong continuing from the summer 2019. Finnair flies to seven cities in Greater China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chongqing, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

Holidaymakers can also enjoy Finnair’s new weekly flight to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on a state-of-the-art Airbus A350, between 13 December 2019 and 27 March 2020.

The Dominican Republic is a firm favourite for sun-seekers during the winter months, offering fantastic sandy beaches, great family resorts and excellent golf courses. Finnair also flies once a week to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic during the winter season.

Finnair operates daily flights between Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh to Helsinki with smooth onward connections to scores of flights around Asia and the world.

For further information, visit finnair.com or call 0208 0010101.