Finnair goes back on decision to leave Oz

FINNAIR has reversed its decision to withdraw from the Australian market, overnight announcing that it will re-establish its physical presence Down Under.

The backflip comes four months after Finnair announced the shutdown of its Australian office, with the position held by Arnaud Michelin, Regional Manager for Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, made redundant as part of a global restructure.

“Australia is Finnair’s largest offline market and we have reconsidered our earlier decision regarding our presence,” Finnair’s General Manager, APAC region, Tamas Hanyi conceded, adding its Asian and US network will continue to “be well positioned to serve our Australian customers travelling to/from Europe”.

Former business development manager for the Finland flag carrier, Sue Watts, will head up the office in Brisbane as Regional Manager Australia & New Zealand, where she will support Finnair’s trade partners across the region.

Watts most recently held a sales position role with solo tour operator Solo Connections and freelanced for Brisbane International Cruise Terminal in a customer service capacity.

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