Finnair is extending its network throughout the United Kingdom with new codeshare services from Manchester operated by partner airline Flybe.
Effective 15 September, Finnair code will be added to Flybe services from Manchester (MAN) to 10 regional airports: Aberdeen (ABZ), Belfast City (BHD), Edinburgh (EDI), Exeter (EXT), Glasgow (GLA), Inverness (INV), Isle of Man (IOM), Jersey (JER), Newquay (NQY) and Southampton (SOU).
The codeshares enable smooth connections via Manchester between these cities and Helsinki, as well as to Finnair’s wider network including 15 Asian destinations. The timetables for Finnair’s twice-daily services between Manchester and Helsinki are designed for optimal connections to Asia.
“We are pleased to be able to offer an expanded network of services throughout the UK with our good partner Flybe,” says Hannu Sundberg, Finnair’s Director Commercial Partnerships. “Greater connectivity with these regional centres of the UK enhances the ability of our customers to travel to and conduct business all over the British Isles, while also opening up Finland and Finnair’s extensive Asian network to more UK travellers.”
“The agreement with Finnair is an exciting development for Flybe and we are delighted to be working with such an excellent and well-respected airline,” says Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer. “The codeshare is a win-win for both airlines. For Flybe, it furthers our ambition of being ‘One Stop to the World’ from the UK regions and enables us to reach out to a new and different market, whilst at the same time further facilitating the needs of our leisure and business passengers.”
Separately, Finnair also cooperates with Flybe affiliate Flybe Finland, a joint venture between Finnair and Flybe established in 2011. Flybe Finland operates a mixture of contract-flights on behalf of Finnair as well as its own flights around Finland and the Nordic region from its base at Helsinki Airport.
Finnair customers can earn and redeem Finnair Plus points on any Flybe-operated flight that also carries Finnair’s AY flight designator.