January 18, 2017

Finnair flies Europe to Lapland non-stop

In addition to Chinese tourists, more and more European travellers are drawn to Lapland.
In addition to Chinese tourists, more and more European travellers are drawn to Lapland.
Visit Finland / Taipale Brothers

Finnair will start non-stop flights to Finnish Lapland from London, Paris, Frankfurt and Zürich for the winter season 2017–2018.

The flights will begin mid-December 2017 and continue until the end of March 2018. Finnair will fly two weekly flights between London’s Gatwick airport and Ivalo, once a week between Zurich and Kittilä, one weekly flight between Frankfurt and Kittilä and one weekly flight between Paris CDG and Kittilä.

For the winter season, Finnair will also add capacity and flights to Lapland from Helsinki. In total, Finnair will operate up to 52 weekly frequencies from Helsinki to Lapland airports during the peak winter season.

The growing number of flights is due to the ski and holiday resorts in Kittilä and Ivalo attracting an increasing number of international travellers, who choose Lapland as their destination for its beautiful nature, winter activities and opportunities to see the northern lights.

“There is increased interest towards Finland and especially Lapland as tourist destinations, and we are excited to be able to offer non-stop flights to Lapland from key European cities,” says Juha Järvinen, Finnair’s chief commercial officer. “In addition to the multiple flight alternatives via Helsinki, these new non-stop flights will offer great additional opportunities for European tourists visiting Lapland.”

Finnair isn’t the only airline keen on taking tourists to Lapland. Last year, Germania started three new winter-season routes to Finnish Lapland. From outside of Europe, Chinese travellers are visiting Lapland in growing numbers, and last summer Finnair and Chinese online travel platform Alitrip announced a long-term strategic partnership.

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