Finnair passengers board Flight 666 to HEL on Friday 13th – for the LAST time | Travel News | Travel

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Finnair passengers travelling from Copenhagen to Helsinki this afternoon would do well not to believe in superstition. 

The airline is flying its iconic Flight 666 to HEL, the acronym for Helsinki Airport. 

If this pairing wasn’t spooky enough, they’re also doing it on Friday the 13th, deemed the “unluckiest day of the year” by sorcerous circles. 

The flight departed Copenhagen’s Terminal 2 at 1.20pm, due to arrive in HEL promptly at 3.55pm.

To make matters even more significant, it will be the final time the journey is flown. 

From October 29 the service will be relabelled AY954, but Finnair insists it’s not because of superstition. 

A spokesperson told the Independent: “We are a growing airline and we are reorganising our flight numbers to make room for additional flight numbers to be used.”

Flight 666 to HEL has become iconic in the years since it started flying in 2006. 

The schedule has landed on Friday the 13th a total of 21 times.

Last time the numbers stacked up was in January this year, when the route was flown on a 13-year-old plane. 

Before that it was May 2016, but on every occasion the flight has landed safely without any mysterious interferences. 

Finnair pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto said previously: “It has been quite a joke among the pilots… It’s only a coincidence for me.

“If there’s some passenger who is anxious about this 666, our cabin crew is always happy to help them.”

Of course there are some travellers who would be more than slightly perturbed by the aligning numbers.

Flight schedules often have a lighter load on Friday the 13th as the superstitious steer clear.