Finland’s flag carrier Finnair has reopened a new route to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai, India, after more than a decade.

Finnair last operated the route between Helsinki Airport (HEL) and CSMIA in 2009.

Finavia Sales and Route Development senior vice-president Petri Vuori said: “We are very happy for Finnair’s reopened connection to Mumbai. The opening of the connection to India shows that the transfer traffic via Helsinki Airport is recovering.”

The airline’s first flight arrived at the Mumbai airport on 7 August and departed on the same day.

The relaunched connection will operate three times a week.

CSMIA spokesperson was quoted by various news agencies as saying: “CSMIA is extremely delighted with the association with Finnair, one of the leading airlines catering to routes across Asia, US and Europe.

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“With the promise of being a gateway to the Nordic country, this partnership further adds to the airport’s robust connectivity with the addition of a prominent hub like Helsinki to its route network.

“With an aim to provide passengers with unparalleled travel across geographies, the partnership is not just a step towards direct connectivity to Finland but is a testament to CSMIA’s constant effort to expand the portfolio of destinations around the world and vision to contribute to the global travel network.”

In April, Finnair said that it will continue to take the long route for operations to Asia in the fourth quarter of 2022-2023 as Russian skies remain closed.

This March, Aemetis reached an agreement with the airline to supply 17.5 million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The value of the contract is around $70m.