By Olga Bukhvostova
On June 1st, the regular Minsk-Helsinki-Minsk flight will become operational three times a week, using CRJ-100/200 aircraft, carrying up to 50 passengers across business and economy classes. Tickets are already available for sale, with fares starting at 199 Euros in both directions. The timetable is designed to connect with Belavia’s flights to Yerevan, Moscow and Tbilisi, attracting transit via Minsk and onward via Helsinki to the rest of Scandinavia, alongside South-Eastern Asia and North America.
The Minsk-Helsinki flight brings Belavia’s 2011 summer season network to a total of 37 cities across 22 Eurasian countries. From June 10th, the network will expand to include the Brest-Kaliningrad route, enabling Belavia passengers to visit Kaliningrad without a transit visa. As is traditional, the airline’s summer schedule includes flights to Hanover, Manchester and Sochi, as well as joining the Germany-Kazakhstan transit route (with a connection at Minsk’s National Airport).
Flights between Minsk and Ashgabat, launched in December, will preserve in summer, while those to Simferopol will resume (having been cancelled for several years). Belavia also plans to raise its number of direct and transit flights on existing routes, such as those to Baku, Batumi, Warsaw, Kaliningrad, Larnaca, Paris, Prague, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Tehran, Tel Aviv and Frankfurt.