Finnair is dropping two of its shortest domestic routes “due to economic and environmental considerations”.
The airline is replacing routes between its Helsinki hub and the Finnish cities of Turku and Tampere with bus services from May 1.
The routes, operated by ATR 72-500 aircraft, have a flying time of approximately 25 minutes.
Bus services, meanwhile, will take just over two hours.
Finnair will operate four bus services per day between Helsinki airport and both Turku and Tampere airports to begin with.
The services will then run to the central bus stations of Turku and Tampere instead from May 8.
The bus connections can be purchased together with the connecting flight, and included in the booking (see a screenshot from the website below). The benefit here is that Finnair will guarantee connections in case bus or flight schedules are delayed.
The operation of the buses is biodiesel and they have internet connection and USB charging for convenience as well.