Finnair deal with Finncomm casts doubt on Flybe agreement

Finnair and Finncomm Airlines have entered into a commercial agreement regarding co-operation for the upcoming winter season.

"I am delighted that we have found a good solution for the coming winter traffic season. This is certainly good news also for our Finnish customers. We have been satisfied with our long co-operation with Finncomm," commented Finnair’s president & CEO Mika Vehviläinen.

This new commercial agreement replaces the previously announced agreement between Finnair and Flybe on the arrangement of feeder traffic. The airline says, however, that negotiations on co-operation with Flybe in other traffic areas will continue.

Under the codeshare agreement with Finnair, Finncomm will fly the Turku, Tampere and Tallinn flights, as it has to date, and will also fly as a new service the Jyväskylä route, six times a day. Also on the Joensuu, Kuopio and Vaasa routes, Finncomm will fly some of the codeshare flights. In addition, the deal also covers the Norrköping route.

Finncomm Airlines’ route network also includes Kokkola, Kemi, Seinäjoki, Savonlinna and Varkaus. The carrier’s timetable interlinks with the timetables of Finnair’s international scheduled traffic.

"Good connections will be maintained from domestic airports to Helsinki and via Helsinki to Finnair’s international network. Finncomm knows the challenges and opportunities of domestic air traffic. With our own structure, we can cost-competitively complement Finnair’s network," explained Finncomm Airlines’ CEO Juhani Pakari.

Finnair and Finncomm have also signed a preliminary agreement on ownership arrangements with Finnair planning to acquire a minority shareholding in the Finncomm Group. A strengthening of the ownership structure through new investors will also be pursued.

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