Finnish airlines Finnair will stop its direct, year-round route between Helsinki and Minsk on 5 March. The decision has been taken in view of insufficient demand.
The airlines reportedly informed their agents in Belarus about the closure of the route.
“We have to report that Finnair has decided to stop the Helsinki-Minsk flight starting from March 5, 2019,” toursoyuz.by quotes the carrier.
“The sustainable profitability of the company requires a constant review of our transportation program and timely identification of routes that don’t show the necessary results.
Unfortunately, the performance of the Helsinki-Minsk flight doesn’t meet our expectations, and the demand was insufficient for us to continue operating the flight.”
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Finnair introduced its latest European capital, that is Minsk, on 9 June last year. Flights between Helsinki and Minsk operated twice per week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
The carrier operated the 739-kilometre sector using its fleet of E190s, with competition by Belavia which already offered three weekly flights between the two cities.
The route was expected to serve especially well customers traveling between Belarus and North America and those who transit to Europe, Asia or America.