Get the ‘HEL’ Out of Town With Finnair's New Nonstop Service from LAX To Helsinki

03/20/2019 01:01 PM

LAX to be one of only five US airports providing nonstop service to HEL
For Imediate Release
March 20, 2019

Olga Gallardo



LAX becomes one of only five airports in the US to provide nonstop service to Finland’s southern capital

(Los Angeles, CA) Just in time for spring break, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) today announced that Finnair, the ninth Oneworld alliance carrier to begin service at LAX, will launch a new nonstop flight, connecting Los Angeles travelers to Helsinki (HEL), Finland. The inaugural flight is scheduled for Sunday, March 31, and will include a gate celebration for passengers featuring LAWA and Finnair officials. With the launch of this new route, LAX will become one of only five airports in the U.S. providing nonstop flights to and from Helsinki. This is the first time LAX is providing this nonstop route.

“We are excited welcome Finnair and their new nonstop service between Helsinki and LAX, a route that will allow Angelenos to experience Finland’s vibrant capital, visit the incredible countryside or travel to see the Northern Lights,” said Deborah Flint, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. "This flight also opens a new gateway to Scandinavia, the Baltics and other surrounding regions, making it easier for our guests to travel the world and for visitors from abroad to experience all that Los Angeles has to offer.”

"Finnair has been flying to the United States for nearly 50 years and we are very happy to expand our North American network with a new route from Helsinki to Los Angeles flying on our new A350 aircraft,” says Kati Kaivonen, Head of North America at Finnair. “The route serves both businesses and leisure travelers wishing to explore the Nordic and Europe by utilizing our network of over 100 destinations."

Finnair was the first European airline to fly the Airbus A350 XWB when it was launched into Finnair’s fleet in 2015. Finnair will fly this new year-round and nonstop route using its Airbus A350, a technologically advanced aircraft designed for long-distance flights. The flight times are expected to be 10 hours and 30 minutes to Helsinki Airport, and 11 hours on the return flight to LAX.

Flights will be scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays as follows (all times local):

  • Depart LAX at 7:30 p.m., arrive HEL at 4:05 p.m.
  • Depart HEL at 4:40 p.m., arrive LAX at 5:40 p.m.

Thanks to Helsinki’s geographical location, Finnair’s new northern route to Los Angeles will offer convenient travel times for guests traveling from Scandinavia, the Baltics, Russia, northern Germany as well as the domestic routes in Finland. The new route will be operated within the Atlantic joint business between Finnair, American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia Airlines.

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About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world and second-busiest in the United States, was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX. LAX served more than 87.5 million passengers in 2018 and offers an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 109 cities in the U.S. and 1,281 weekly nonstop flights to 93 markets in 47 countries on 69 commercial airlines. LAX ranks 10th in the world in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.4 million tons of air cargo. LAX handled 707,883 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2018.   

LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues. 


LAX was honored as having the “Best Overall Customer Service Program” by Airports Council International-North America; named the “Best Airport for Breastfeeding Moms” by Mamava; selected for the Top 10 “Best of the U.S.’s Big Airports” (Wall Street Journal) and “Most Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S. (Mental Floss); named the second-most improved airport in the U.S. by JD Power; received an “Innovation Award” from the L.A. Better Business Challenge for its Central Utility Plant; and named  a “Business Leader in Air Quality” by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.


LAX is also the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.   

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