As part of a “significant increase” of sick leave among its staff and partners, Finnair is reducing its flights to destinations in Asia.

In a release from Finnair, the airline announced a shift of the start of flights to Nagoya to the summer of 2022. While flight frequencies to Osaka will be increased during the summer, Finnair will also reduce weekly flights to Singapore (twice-weekly) and Hong Kong (three-times weekly).

Overall, Finnair is expecting ot reduce its traffic program for the month of February by around 20%. The airline stated most of its cancelled flights will affect destinations where the airline operates multiple daily flights including Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris, and Rome. Finnair is also pushing back the start of its inaugural flights to Dallas from February to March 27.

“Staff sick leave is now significantly impacting Finnair and airports in Finland as well as throughout the world. We aim to meet these resourcing challenges through the cancellation of flights, to avoid last-minute changes and better manage our customers’ expectations. This will give customers more time to prepare for flight schedule changes and adjust their travel plans if needed,” says Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair.

"We are sorry for the inconvenience and disruption this may cause to our customers. However, reducing our traffic programme is necessary to better offer a smooth travel experience in the face of the expected resource challenges,” Orvér added.

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