Airport operator Finavia says Lapland’s airports are set to experience a busier Christmas season than last year with more than 430 charter flights in December.
Measured by the number of charter flights, the busiest airports in December will be the recently modernised Kittilä (153 flights) and Rovaniemi (141 flights).
Kittilä is expected to have the same number of services as in 2014, but Rovaniemi Airport will handle 13 more flights than last year. The number of charter flights to Enontekiö (57) and Ivalo (69) has also increased and approximately ten charter flights have been scheduled to Kuusamo.
Charter flight traffic started on November 20, when the first charter flight landed at Enontekiö Airport. The number of flights increases gradually as Christmas approaches and, between Christmas and New Year, as many as 30 flights will arrive at Lapland’s airports each day. Most of the Christmas tourists come from the UK, with other flights arriving from France, the Netherlands, Spain, Ireland and from Russia around New Year.
Joni Sundelin, director at Finavia commented: “Based on the number of charter flights, the winter season will be busier in Lapland, particularly in Rovaniemi where the traffic volume has increased. The increase in the number of charter flights depicts the attractiveness of Lapland as a tourist attraction, even though the global economic situation is uncertain. The popularity of Lapland as a safe destination may also be increased by the recent world events.”
Finavia says it is investing more than €30 million in an ongoing development programme which is due for completion in 2016.
This year, terminal modernisations were completed in Ivalo and Rovaniemi while Kittilä had already been upgraded.