The Christmas season begins at Finavia airports on November 25, 2022, when the first charter flights from Europe land at Ivalo and Kittilä airports. Nowadays, however, more and more tourists come to Lapland with scheduled flights.
“The untouched nature of Lapland, Santa Claus and the magnificent Northern Lights attract more and more tourists. This is reflected in the willingness of airlines to offer regular scheduled flights to Lapland. Scheduled flights reflect the demand potential and attractiveness of the area well. For people living in Lapland, scheduled flights mean direct and fast connections to European destinations,” says Jonna PietilaFinavias VP Lapland Airports.
According to preliminary data, the number of international Christmas flights this year is expected to increase by around 10% compared to last year. The number of charter flights is higher, but in relative terms the largest increase comes from new scheduled flights.
“Last year most tourists came from Great Britain. Tourists also flew in from other European countries such as the Netherlands, Germany and Italy. This year there are even Christmas flights from Turkey.”
Pietilä says airports are looking forward to the Christmas season and tourists arriving in Lapland.
“Lapland airports are in good condition and we have invested a lot in the functionality and comfort of our airports. In the last ten years, Finavia’s investments in airports in Lapland have increased to over 100 million euros.”
In addition to major investments, Finavia works every year to improve the services of its airports and travel comfort. New features for the upcoming holiday season include the Ivalo Airport Cafe, a third passenger boarding bridge at Rovaniemi Airport and improved facilities for passengers arriving at Kittilä Airport.
“The development of tourism in Lapland is the result of many years of work, in which Finavia plays a significant role. For several decades we have been developing the customer experience of our airports and investing in the marketing of Lapland and the development of flight connections together with our partners. In March 2023 it will be 30 years since the first charter flight from France landed at Kittilä Airport. Air Provence flight brought tourists from Central Europe to admire the winter in Lapland‘ says Jonna Pietilä.