Finnair is set to launch a seasonal service from Edinburgh to Helsinki in 2016, offering travellers faster connections to its network of Asian destinations.

The service begins on April 18, 2016 and will operate to October 27, 2016.

Edinburgh will be served by three flights a week operated by a Finnair Airbus A319. Petri Vuori, the carrier's vice president of global sales, said: "The new Edinburgh route will open up travel to Finnair's extensive Asian network for Scottish passengers with short connections at Helsinki Airport.

“Edinburgh Airport is seeing a continuous growth in demand for international flights, recently announcing a 10.2% growth year-on-year to July 2015 and we look forward to welcoming these passengers on board."

Gordon Dewar, chief executive at Edinburgh Airport, said: “This is a significant route for Scotland and one we have been working very hard to secure. Not only will it give Scots fantastic connections to the Far East via Finnair’s excellent hub in Helsinki, it will also open up our country to significant traffic from Russia, China, Japan and Finland itself.

“I hope that this is the beginning of Edinburgh Airport further strengthening Scotland’s links with these key global destinations.”

The Edinburgh service is one of four new routes launching in summer 2016, with the launch of services from Helsinki to Billund, Denmark; Pula, Croatia; and also the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean.

For more information visit www.finnair.com

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