OREANDA-NEWS. The Finnish national airline Finnair on April 1, the Day of Humor, published a comic message that it is starting to operate flights to Mars; so far, tickets to the Red Planet can only be purchased in one direction.

The airline said in a statement: “The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted Finnair's operations and there are currently travel restrictions in most of the company's destinations. To satisfy the desire of its customers to travel in this difficult situation, Finnair will today start commercial flights to Mars, a destination with no travel restrictions at the moment. "

“We are delighted to be the first commercial airline on Earth to fly to Mars. The Red Planet is a great addition to our route network,” said Giovanni Torvi, recently appointed “Head of Space Travel” at Finnair.

The airline said it had modified two of its fleet's planes into space shuttles, and recalled that Mars' atmosphere is composed mainly of carbon dioxide, argon and nitrogen, with an average temperature of about -63 degrees Celsius, which the carrier believes is "ideal for travelers seeking extreme sensations. "

The airline announced on April Fool's Day that during the 2021 summer season, Finnair will fly from Helsinki to Mars three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, starting April 1. The timetable is available on the Finnair booking system where "one-way tickets are also available".