01 Jun '11, 3am

Finnair returns to Singapore after four years

FOUR years after it pulled out of Changi Airport, European airline Finnair is back on the radar here, with daily services between Singapore and Helsinki. The re-entry of Finland's national carrier provides more flying options to northern Europe, a market currently underserved compared to the rest of Europe, industry watchers said. The only other airline that offers direct flights to the region from Changi Airport is Singapore Airlines, which has thrice-weekly services to Copenhagen, Denmark. For Changi Airport Group (CAG), Finnair's return is an important achievement, said senior vice-president for market development Lim Ching Kiat. It is the airport's first new long-haul direct service to a European destination since German carrier Lufthansa started the Singapore-Munich service in 2008. While Changi has had strong growth in the short-haul sector in recent years, with budg...

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