Flights to Yekaterinburg, Samara and Kazan will disappear from the schedule
“Finnair audited its route network and decided to stop flights to three Russian cities: Yekaterinburg, Samara and Kazan. The last flight to Kazan will depart on September 15, to Samara on September 23, and to Yekaterinburg on October 10, ”the press service of the company says.
It is assumed that the freed up resources will be directed to new summer destinations of the company - Porto, Bordeaux and Bologna, which are in the flight plan for next summer.
Cancellation of flights will not affect flights to other Russian cities - Moscow and St. Petersburg. Finnair added one daily flight to these destinations this March.
Roman Aktemirov, director of the Favorit travel agency (Kazan), confirmed that Helsinki is not in very high demand. “I don’t think it will cause serious problems. Most tourists prefer to fly to Europe from Moscow, ”the source said. Several travel agencies in Samara and Yekaterinburg answered that they were working with packages of tour operators and had not even heard of Finnair flights.
But it should be noted that the reduction in direct transportation between the cities of Russia and Europe is, of course, bad news. Tourists will have fewer options for flights to EU countries, bypassing Moscow, and opportunities for business tourism are reduced.
Finnair began flying to three Volga cities (Kazan, Samara and Nizhny Novgorod) in the summer of 2014 after the conclusion of a bilateral agreement between Russia and Finland on the liberalization of air traffic. The company has been flying to Yekaterinburg since 2008 in cooperation with Ural Airlines.
According to the National Tourism Union, in January 2019, Russians were in first place in terms of the number of bookings in Finnish hotels (146 thousand nights). Britain is in second position (64,5 thousand overnight stays), in third - Sweden (25 thousand armor).
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