Finnair domestic flights hit by evening booze ban


Fancy a drink on a Finnair domestic flight after 17:00? You’re out of luck.  

The Finnish flag carrier has been hit by COVID-19-related restrictions on serving alcohol that apply to restaurants on the ground across much of the northern European country.  

According to the latest restrictions, which came into effect from January 7, 2022, restaurants may only serve alcohol between 9:00 and 17:00 (7:00-15:00 UTC). They may also stay open only until 20:00. 

Finland has been tightening the rules on bars and restaurants since Christmas due to a rise of COVID-19 cases in the country.  

Despite being in the air, those rules also apply to Finnair and its passengers who are on flights within Finland.  

“The Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland (AVI) has ruled that the current restrictions that apply to restaurants in Finland, also apply for Finnair and Norra’s domestic flights,” Finnair announced in a social media post.  “Thus, we cannot sell alcoholic beverages on our domestic flights after 5 p.m.” 

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