Finnair announced yesterday that it is launching a new route to Busan in South Korea next year.
This will be the first direct flight to Busan from anywhere in Europe. As Finnair is a British Airways partner in the oneworld alliance, you will be able to earn and spend Avios on this route, and earn British Airways Executive Club tier points.
The first flight will depart on 30th March. Amazingly, this will be Finnair’s 20th Asian destination, capitalising on the fact that Helsinki is ‘on the way’ to Asia from many places in Europe and so a convenient place to connect.
There will be three services per week, using a brand new A350. Connections will be available via Finnair’s existing UK routes from London, Edinburgh and Manchester.
….. and Iberia is launching Cairo
Iberia announced a new route to Cairo yesterday. Flights from Madrid will start on 2nd March and operate four days per week.
It will be an almost five hour flight on a shorthaul A319 aircraft, so it isn’t a hugely attractive alternative to the British Airways direct flight which uses a long haul Boeing 787 aircraft. There isn’t much arbitrage when looking at an Avios redemption either.
However, if you want to go to Cairo on Avios and there is no British Airways availability showing, you do now have a new option.
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