From September 1, Finnair to stop flights from Helsinki to Nizhniy Novgorod
From September 1, 2015, Finnair airline cancels flights from Helsinki to Nizhniy Novgorod due to economic factors, according to a press release from the airline.
"Demand for international destinations in Nizhny Novgorod region was weak, and therefore we decided to exclude this route from the schedule starting on September 1, 2015," the representative of resource management of Finnair Rikke Christensen said.
In addition, Finnair plans to suspend flights from Helsinki to Samara and Kazan from the end of January to the end of April 2016 because of the projected decline in demand during this period.
"We see the potential of flights to Samara and Kazan in the autumn-winter period, especially given the fact that some airlines have decided to withdraw from the market. However, we expect lower demand from February to April on these destinations, so we decided to exclude them from the schedule until the end of April 2016, as it was last season," Rikke Kristensen said.
Recently the flights from Helsinki to Kazan, Samara and Nizhny Novgorod are performed three times per week. The company did not specify when they will resume flights from Nizhny Novgorod.
Finnair says that passengers who have booked tickets on the flights that are not available now due to changes in the schedule, will receive full compensation for expenses or will be able to use alternative flights with the assistance of technical support of Finnair.
As reported, Finnair launches direct flights from Helsinki to Nizhniy Novgorod, Kazan and Samara in the summer of 2014. However, since February 1, 2015 flights to these cities from Finland have been suspended due to low load, and resumed again in late April 2015.