Flights to Lapland help Finnair triple 2017 profits

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Passenger planes of Finnish national airline company Finnair stand on the tarmac of Helsinki international airport. (Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva/Reuters)

Finnish flag carrier Finnair said its full-year profit increased threefold to 170 million euros last year as more passengers took advantage of its expanded route network and new fleet.

Finland’s national carrier Finnair reported on Friday that its earnings grew threefold in 2017, as the company benefited from one million more passengers choosing its blue-and-white wings last year.

The company’s full-year operating profit increased to 170 million euros last year from 55 million euros in 2016. Meanwhile, revenues grew 11 percent to 2.57 billion euros.

Thanks to Lapland… and Cuba

Finnair said its results were helped by an expanded route network to long-haul destinations, including Havana and Goa, as well as increased connections to Lapland. As a consequence, the number of passengers grew by 1 million to 12 million last year. The company also finished the first phase of renewing its fleet with Airbus A-350s.

Finnair’s CEO Pekka Vauramo, said the increase in passenger volume and profits was particularly strong towards the end of the year, with the airline carrying nearly three million passengers between October and December.

An expanded route networks helped Finnair achieve a growth of one million users in 2017. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Vauramo said he expects the number of passengers to grow further this year, about 15 percent, in line with a boost in capacity. At the same time, more competition is likely as more airlines increase flights linking Europe with Asia and North America.

Finnair, which is majority-owned by the state, proposes to pay a dividend of 0.30 euros per share for 2017.

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