An extremely busy Christmas season ahead at Lapland’s airports

According to Finavia’s forecast, the number of tourist flights at Lapland’s airports will grow by 15 per cent compared to last year. 

“According to the reservation situation in November, the next winter will be an extremely successful winter at the northern airports. Record levels are about to be reached at Lapland’s airports. For example, the milestone of 200 flights will clearly be reached at Rovaniemi Airport and Kittilä Airport. This is also good news for tourism in Lapland,” says Finavia’s Senior Vice President Jani Jolkkonen. 

A total of 677 Christmas charters will fly to Finavia’s five airports in Lapland, which is 89 more flights than last year. The lure of Lapland attracts British people especially, since most of the tourists on the chartered flights come from Great Britain. 

Lapland can now be reached from 50 destinations around the world. In addition to chartered flights, new internationally scheduled flight connections have been launched in Lapland. For example, the route from London Gatwick to Rovaniemi, launched by EasyJet in October, will significantly strengthen Lapland’s flight connections. 

“New routes will bring tourists to Lapland and offer people in Lapland direct connections to destinations around the world,” says Jolkkonen. 

He hopes that people in Lapland will utilise these routes. Connections operating regularly and around the year will ensure that the airport and the airport area will succeed. 

The terminal expansion of Kittilä Airport to be opened on 22 November 

Jani Jolkkonen is very pleased that Finavia’s investment programme at Lapland’s airports is progressing quickly. 

“We will be opening the Kittilä Airport terminal expansion just before the Christmas season. This means more space and new services for passengers and smoothness for travelling. Three new aircraft stands were completed earlier this spring at Ivalo Airport. They shorten the plane turnaround times and facilitate the turnaround, thereby increasing the capacity for the next winter. 

Finavia’s investment programme at Lapland’s airports will last for two years and is worth 55 million euros. Rovaniemi, Kittilä and Ivalo airports will be considerably expanded and more services will be added in response to the rapid growth in passenger numbers. Construction work began in the spring of 2018 and will be completed by the end of 2019. 

The number of reserved chartered flights in December according to airport, situation on 14 November 2018 

Airport  Chartered flights 12/2018  Chartered flights 12/2017 
Enontekiö  64  64 
Ivalo  107  103 
Kittilä  217  204 
Kuusamo  64  25 
Rovaniemi  225  192 
In total  677  588 

Scheduled flights in the winter season 2018–2019 

Airport  Destination  Starting from  Times/week 
Ivalo  London, Finnair  13 December  2 times/week 
Ivalo  Frankfurt, Lufthansa  22 December   once/week 
Kittilä  London, Finnair  16 December   once/week 
Kittilä  Düsseldorf, Germania  16 December   2 times/week 
Kittilä  München, Lufthansa  15 December   once/week 
Kittilä  Zürich, Finnair  15 December  once/week 
Kittilä  Paris, Finnair  10 December  once/week 
Kittilä  Tampere, Finnair  16 December  once/week 
Kittilä  Turku, Finnair  16 December  once/week 
Rovaniemi  London, EasyJet  31 October  2 times/week 
Rovaniemi  London, Norwegian  29 October  3 times/week 
Kuusamo  Frankfurt, Lufthansa  22 December  once/week 

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Finavia is an airport company which aims at making travelling smooth and easy. We provide the best connections in Northern Europe to destinations around the world, improve the reachability of Finland and increase the attractiveness of Finland as a destination. Our airport network includes 21 airports across Finland. Helsinki Airport is the leading long-distance and transit traffic airport in Northern Europe. Airports in Lapland have aided the rise of Finnish tourism and made it world-famous. Our operations are rooted in responsibility, safety and the ability to renew. In 2017, Finavia’s turnover stood at EUR 374 million and it has a staff of 2,700.

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Finavia provides and develops airport services with focus on safety, customer-orientation and cost efficiency. Finavia’s comprehensive network of 21 airports enables international connections from Finland — and to different parts of Finland. Helsinki Airport is the leading Northern European transit airport for long-haul traffic. Revenues in 2017 were EUR 374 million, and the number of employees 2700.

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