Finnair commenced flights to Stuttgart on 23 April. Pictured celebrating the new service with the flight crew are Jan Pellinen, GM Central Europe, Finnair and Dr. Arina Freitag, MD of Stuttgart Airport. The oneworld member will operate the 1,635-kilometre route daily using its E190 fleet, with Stuttgart becoming the carrier’s sixth German destination.
- Finnair commenced its sixth service to Germany on 23 April, with Helsinki (HEL) now being linked to Stuttgart (STR) on a daily basis courtesy of the oneworld member. The carrier already operates into Berlin Tegel, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich from its hub. The airline is no stranger to Stuttgart, having last flown into the airport up until the end of the W11/12 season. Finnair will operate the Stuttgart route using its fleet of E190s, with the 1,635-kilometre sector facing no direct competition. When referencing OAG Traffic Analyser data, an estimated 24,000 passengers travelled indirectly between Helsinki and Stuttgart in 2017, up 12% versus the 21,500 that reportedly flew between the two airports in 2016. Of course Finnair will not only be trying to capture this demand, but also feed its multiple services into North America and Asia. A further look into the data also reveals that the leading airport to capture indirect traffic in 2017 was Berlin Tegel, with 33% of the market being driven by the now defunct airberlin, which itself was also a oneworld member. See how Stuttgart Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.