Gatwick announces more flights to Lapland for winter

London Gatwick has said that it will offer more flights to Lapland compared to UK airport this winter – with a total of 120 flights bound for the home of Father Christmas in December.

Six destinations in and around the Lapland region – Enontekio, Ivalo, Kittila, Kuusamo, Tromso and the capital, Rovaniemi – can all be reached direct from Gatwick. In comparison, the UK airport with the second highest number of Lapland services in December is offering a third fewer flights than Gatwick.

The expansion of services comes in response to growing demand from British tourists to visit Lapland in the northernmost region of Finland.

Last December, the number of British visitors to Rovaniemi was up 13.9 percent on the previous year. In October 2018, the number of passengers heading to Rovaniemi from Gatwick almost tripled year-on-year.

The airport has also launched several new winter routes offering more choice for their Christmas market destination. easyJet has already launched new flights to Aarhus and Warsaw, while British Airways will start operating new services to Cologne and Lyon in the coming weeks.

In addition, in December, Gatwick will offer more flights than ever before to the European cities with some of the most renowned Christmas markets in the world – with 315 flights going to Amsterdam, 306 to Geneva and 227 to Copenhagen.

Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations, Gatwick Airport said: ‘It’s fitting that Gatwick now offers more flights to Lapland than any other UK airport, as this winter wonderland is the ultimate family destination and Gatwick is widely recognised as the ultimate family airport. The number of Brits travelling to Lapland for a winter escape is rapidly increasing every year and we’re pleased to be responding to that demand.

‘If meeting Father Christmas or going on a sleigh ride doesn’t tick the winter holiday box, Gatwick’s short-haul network of over 160 routes offers something for everyone, with new services to breath-taking destinations like Aarhus and Cologne and more flights than ever before to many of our passengers’ old favourites.’

Monarch launches Lapland holidays from Birmingham

The UK’s Monarch has announced plans to add Lapland holidays direct from Birmingham to its winter programme starting December 1, 2017 with three and four night breaks available to book now.

According to the plan, Monarch flights will depart Birmingham twice a week, on a Tuesday and Friday. Monarch also offers a selection of hotels, apartments and log cabins across Finnish Lapland. Three night breaks to Levi from Birmingham start from £749.00 per person. Flight only service will be available from May 4, 2017.

Gary Anslow, Sales Director at Monarch said: ‘We are really pleased to be extending our Lapland programme to Birmingham for this coming December. Our trade sales team will be out and about in the next few weeks’ visiting our agent partners to make sure they have everything they need to make the most of these new departures. Our Lapland holidays from Gatwick and Manchester are always sold out, so extending to Birmingham departures is great news for those wanting to fly from the Midlands’.

The Birmingham programme will include Monarch’s Ready Steady Snow holidays and Santa’s Tinsel Trail. The Ready Steady Snow itinerary operates from December 1 – 26 and includes snow suit and boots hire, reindeer sleigh, husky sled and snowmobile mini-ride, Arctic Circle ceremony, a trip to ‘Santa’s Post Office’ to see his elves at work, and a private meeting with Santa himself. The Santa Tinsel Trail holidays operate from December 15 – 26 and include the same activities as the Ready Steady Snow programme as well as a hunt for Santa on the tinsel trail, Arctic games and a Christmas feast on the last night.

Monarch’s three- nights Ready Steady Snow holidays to Yllas from Birmingham is priced at £749 per person, with accommodation at the three-star Lapland Hotel Yllaskaltio. The three- nights Ready Steady Snow holidays from Birmingham to Levi is also priced at £749 per person, with accommodation at four-star Levistar Apartments; and, the three-nights Ready Steady Snow holidays to Levi is priced at £869 per person, with accommodation at Levi Hotel Spa. The prices are based on a bed and breakfast basis for a family of four sharing.

Monarch will also be offering an expanded holiday programme from Manchester this winter with the full Santa and Arctic experience trips available to book for the first time in January and February. The announcements follow the successful launch of the Arctic experience programme from London Gatwick last winter, Monarch noted in a release.