Finnair’s long-distance base at Arlanda looks set to grow even before it opens. In addition to routes to Miami, Phuket and Bangkok, the Finnish airline will also start flying to New York and Los Angeles from Stockholm this autumn.

Finnair expands its range of destinations from Sweden ahead of the winter season and launches two more long-haul routes from Stockholm Arlanda, to Los Angeles and New York-JFK. In total, Finnair will operate three destinations in the US from the new base at Arlanda, as the traffic will be a complement to the direct route to Miami, which starts this autumn. In addition to the US routes, Finnair will also fly to Bangkok and Phuket, also those with scheduled traffic start in October.

On November 2, Finnair’s route to Los Angeles will be operated three times a week, while the New York route will start on December 7 with three departures a week. However, flights to New York increase to four times a week around July. All long-haul routes that Finnair will fly from Arlanda will be flown with Airbus A350 aircraft.

“The new connections and improved accessibility to the United States are important additions to Arlanda’s existing line offering from both a passenger and freight point of view. North America is one of Sweden’s largest trading partners and one of the largest markets when it comes to incoming tourists, so this is good news for both business and the hospitality industry throughout the country.

The expansion is also further clear proof of Stockholm’s strong position and an investment in the largest market in Scandinavia, says Charlotte Ljunggren, Director of Marketing & Commercial Development at Swedavia. Finnair’s announcement of two more new long-haul routes from Stockholm increases competition between the company and SAS, which currently flies from Stockholm Arlanda to New York (Newark) and plans to resume flights to Chicago and Miami.

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