Finland 's national carrier Finnair has announced plans to link Helsinki and Hanoi from July 14 next year as part of its effort to develop its connections between Europe and Asia.
The route will start with three weekly flights, making Finnair the second European carrier besides Russian Aeroflot to offer service to Hanoi.
World aviation news website CAPA cited its CEO Mika VehvilÃ¤inen as saying at the World Aviation Summit in Hong Kong on November 28 that he expects long-term success from the route.
The Hanoi service is part of the airline's strategy to connect Europe with Asia - linking European cities with secondary Asian cities, CAPA said, noting that investments into Vietnam followed several positive global reports, including one by the International Air Transport Association which forecasts Vietnam to be the second fastest growing aviation market in the next few years.
As the route aims to serve mostly demand on leisure, it will be available from July 14 until October 27 when winter starts.
VehvilÃ¤inen said the airline first looked at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's largest city and commercial center which is served by three European carriers Air France, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.
But Hanoi instead met its operational requirements that all flights be no more than 12 hours.
The Helsinki-Hanoi route spans 7,478 kilometers while the Helsinki-Ho Chi Minh City is 8,510 km.
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