20-Aug-2012 3:06 PM

Finnair looks to find airline partner to operate more European routes: report

Finnair CEO Mika Vehvilainen said the carrier is seeking to find an airline to partner with on less profitable European sectors, as reported by Talouselama. "There are more sellers than buyers. However, I believe that it is totally realistic to find partners," he said. "We have to solve the cost problem anyway. The aim is to move to partners either a part of the European traffic or all of the European traffic – that is what we are focusing on," he said, adding new partners could come from outside Europe. Mr Vehvilainen said Finnair does not want to entirely exit the intra-European market as it needs these operations to feed traffic onto Asian routes.