The United States is set to see the number of routes it has with Scandinavia increase, courtesy of additional routes added by Finland’s flag-carrying airline Finnair. The move will see several airports across the US gain additional routes to two key Scandinavian cities in two countries, giving American travelers more options for their vacations as they wait for travel between the EU and the US to return to normal.
Not the typical sort of destination that springs to mind when thinking of where American travelers spend their vacation time, Scandinavia was a region steadily growing in popularity with American travelers before the pandemic virtually halted travel for most of the world. Here’s a look at the new US routes added by Finnair this week.
Finnair Adds North American Routes – Information For Travelers
Whilst it may not be a Mexico or a Canada in terms of the numbers of Americans heading there for vacation, Scandinavia – a collective term used to describe the Northern Europe region that contains Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland – was very much a destination on the rise. Whether due to a fascination with the Northern lights, a search for hygge or a desire to see the landscapes featured in Nordic Noir series, the news of new travel possibilities is bound to get more than just a few Americans excited.
One destination that’s set to be served by more US airports is that of Stockholm. The capital city of Sweden, Stockholm will see new flights to three American cities – Miami, Los Angeles and New York JFK. The flights to Miami will be starting as twice-weekly offerings on October 23rd, before increasing its frequency to four times a week in late November. Flights between Stockholm and Los Angeles will start on November 3rd with three flights a week, whilst thrice-weekly flights between Stockholm and JFK will start on December 7th.
Whilst the increased number of flights to Sweden is cause for celebration, it could be some time before Americans are able to take advantage of them. At present, Sweden has placed a ban on American travelers from entering the country, following the EU’s decision to remove the US from its list of safe countries. The ban came into effect on September 6th, and is set to run until October 31st. The ban applies to all Americans, regardless of vaccination status.
The second Scandinavian city set to see more connectivity with the US is Helsinki. Finland’s capital city, Helsinki is set to extend its summer schedule of flights to Chicago’s O’Hare airport over winter – giving Americans the chance to visit Santa Claus at Lapland. The route will be extended to cover November through to February, and will be serviced with two or three weekly flights. Unlike Sweden, fully vaccinated Americans are currently free to visit Finland.
Speaking about the increased interconnectivity between the two regions, Finnair’s General Manager for North America, Caroline Borawski, said:
“We’re excited to provide American travelers easier and more frequent access to Finland and beyond through our expanded services. We’ve seen continued interest and demand for flights from our U.S. markets and are pleased to grow and deliver the distinguished flying experience that Finnair is known for.”
Finnair has also added several other global routes to its portfolio. Over the past few weeks, the airline has increased the frequency of its flights to destinations as diverse as Bangkok, St. Petersburg, Paris and the Canary Islands, as the airline makes sure it is poised and ready to take advantage of any changes in travel restrictions around the world.
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