Finnish flag carrier Finnair has announced its plans to resume flights to mainland China.

After getting permission from Chinese authorities, Finnair plans to resume once-weekly flights between Helsinki and Shanghai starting July 23. The flights will use Airbus A350 aircraft as Finland has opened its borders for work-related travel from China.

While work-related travelers from China can enter Finland, entry to Finland is still restricted. Any changes are pending a decision from the European Union.

In a statement, Finnair Chief Commercial Officer Ole Orvér stated: “The re-opening of our Shanghai route is great news for our customers and an important step for us, as China continues to play a key role in Finnair’s strategy.” Orvér added: “We look forward to increasing our service to the Chinese market soonest.”

During the months of July and August, Finnair plans to operations flights between Finland and Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo-Narita to along with the announced resumption of flights to Shanghai. The long-haul transcontinental flights will also be supported by cargo demand.

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