Finnair gets domestic competition with Norwegian’s new Helsinki-Vaasa route

A Boeing 737-33S operated by Norwegian Air Shuttle ahead of landing at the Oslo Airport Gardemoen. Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin regular flights between Helsinki and Vaasa. (AAS, Erlend/AFP/Getty Images)
Norway-based budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle has announced it will roll out regular flights between Helsinki and Vaasa, a city on Finland’s west coast.

Currently, national flag carrier Finnair is the only airline that offers flights from Helsinki to Vaasa.

Flights on the route will depart on Mondays and Fridays and will commence in November, according to a Norwegian statement issued on Thursday.

Norwegian, which is Norway’s biggest airline, said the Finnish market is important to the firm and that new Finnish domestic routes are part of the its network expansion plan.

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Norway: Longer runway for bigger planes in Kirkenes, northern Norway, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: No more direct flights between northwest Russia’s two largest cities, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Scandinavian Airlines and pilots union reach agreement to end strike, Radio Sweden

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