A Finnair aircraft in heavy snowfall at Helsinki Airport on 24 January 2018. Finnair says it has cancelled a total of 14 flights due to snowfall forecast for Helsinki for Tuesday, 8 January. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

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FINNAIR says it has cancelled several flights due to difficult weather conditions forecast for Helsinki for Tuesday.

The state-owned airline announced yesterday it has cancelled a total of 14 flights as the heavy snowfall expected in the capital region will slow down operations at airports. Most of the cancellations are afternoon flights on domestic routes where other services are available, according to Helsingin Sanomat.

In addition to the domestic flights, Finnair said it has cancelled two afternoon flights between Helsinki and Brussels. A comprehensive list of the cancellations can be found on the website of the state-owned airline.

It also said it contacted all passengers affected by the cancellations already on Monday.

Heini Noronen-Juhola, the vice president in charge of aviation and safety at Helsinki Airport for Finavia, said in a press release the state-owned airport operator’s maintenance crew is fully prepared to cope with the difficult weather and keep runways clear of snow.

“We believe we can make air traffic run relatively smoothly despite the snow,” she affirmed.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) on Monday reminded that the snowfall will also affect road conditions, with five-to-ten centimetres of snow and sleet expected to fall in southern and central parts of Finland.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

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