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Finnair's Asian traffic notches up record as fares slump

india Updated: Jan 19, 2009 14:53 IST

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Nordic carrier Finnair, which flies to New Delhi and Mumbai from Helsinki, carried a record 1.3 million passengers on its flights to Asia in 2008 as flying became cheaper than ever before.

Finnair's overall traffic in 2008 grew 10 per cent compared with the previous year, while the Asian traffic alone grew by 16.5 per cent.

"Finnair's Asian flights carried a total of 1.3 million passengers last year, a new record. Our successful Asian strategy will be an essential part of our scheduled traffic also in future," Finnair's Senior Vice President (Communications) Christer Haglund said in a statement.

In December, Asian traffic demand grew six per cent, while capacity was cut by nearly four per cent.

"The price level of flight tickets has fallen significantly. Flying is now cheaper than ever before. A fall-off in business travel towards the end of the year also weakened average revenues," explains Haglund.

Finnair operates 13 flights a week from Finland to India, connecting Helsinki with New Delhi and Mumbai and has been considering expanding services to either Bangalore or Chennai, where cellular handset maker Nokia has a facility, once the bilateral air services agreement is revised.