Finland: Santa’s winter rush to airports

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This winter, the airports of Finnish Lapland are stocking up with new European routes. Indeed, Rovaniemi Airport is expecting a record season; according to operator Finavia, 17 new connections to destinations in Europe and, in total, 35 international routes will be served to Lapland this winter.

In total, all airlines will offer 240,000 additional passenger seats (+16%) on flights to and from Lapland compared to last winter. Of the increase in the number of seats, around 150,000 will be on flights to and from Rovaniemi Airport.

Most flights to Rovaniemi start in early December

In December, Easyjet will open routes from five airports to Santa’s City: Paris, London-Luton, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Naples and continues to fly from London Gatwick, Bristol, Manchester and Milan.

KLM maintains flights from Amsterdam, while Air France continues from Paris, Turkish Airlines from Istanbul and Eurowings from Düsseldorf.

Ryanair will begin flights from Liverpool to Rovaniemi at the end of October and from Milan to Rovaniemi at the beginning of November. In addition to the new routes, Ryanair will resume flights to Rovaniemi from Charleroi, Dublin and London-Stansted.

Finnair will increase its flights from Helsinki to all Finavia airports in Lapland in winter. Norwegian also offers flights from Helsinki Airport to Rovaniemi.

The day with the most route openings will be December 2: Iberia starts flights from Madrid, Vueling from Barcelona, ​​Finnair from Tromsø and Austrian Airlines from Vienna. Eurowings will also open a route from Rovaniemi to Berlin in January 2024.

Kittilä Airport in November

From November, Kittilä will be connected to the UK by two new Easyjet routes, where the airline will serve Manchester and London-Gatwick. The routes that will resume to Kittilä Airport are Air France’s Paris route, Eurowings’ Düsseldorf route, Air Baltic’s Riga route and Lufthansa’s Munich route.

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