Rovaniemi (Finland): Enthused by the Finland government’s assertion that direct air connectivity is helping bring Indian IT and telecom professionals from India to the country, Finnair is looking to add new business destinations in India, starting with Chennai and Bangalore.
“India has proved to be a vital point on air travel, both in terms of business and tourist travel and we are planning to streamline our operation by adding some new business destinations,” Kari Stolbow, Director of Finnair’s Indian Subcontinent said.
“Chennai and Bangalore are on the radar for starting direct flights as there have been increased traffic of telecom and software professions from these two southern cities of India,” he said.
“In all probability, Chennai would be the next route of Finnair followed by Bangalore,” Stolbow said referring to the increased movement of telecom professionals of Nokia plant.
He said that Finnair’s two direct flights from Mumbai and Delhi to Helsinki has given satisfactory results in short span of two to three years of its operation and effort would be made to overcome any shortcomings.
“We are satisfied with the overall developments which has taken place after we started two direct flights from Mumbai and Delhi but still there are things which can be improved,” he said, adding that Finnair has been giving the shortest non-stop flight to any European city from India.
The role of Finnair in country’s economic progress was also lauded by a top official of Rovaniemi Regional Development Agency (RRDA) Ltd, who said that the direct air- connectivity has helped in wooing Indian IT and telecom professionals.