Finnair has boosted flights to Lapland to meet the surge in demand from UK customers following the collapse of Thomas Cook. The liquidation of the 178-year-old tour operator has seen the airline fly to the rescue, operating extra flights for families looking to visit Santa this winter.
The capacity increase means as many as three extra flights a day will be running between the Finnish capital of Helsinki and top resorts in Lapland, such as Rovaniemi, Kittilä and Ivalo, surrounded by crisp winter snow and beautiful fir trees.
In total, more than 23 extra Finnair flights will operate from 20 December 2019 to 5 January 2020. The boost comes on top of the launch of its seasonal service which flies direct to Lapland from London Gatwick. Flights to Ivalo run from 8 December 2019 to 22 March 2020 while flights to Kittilä operate from 15 December 2019 to 8 March 2020
Andrew Fish, general manager of UK, Ireland and Benelux at Finnair said: “We are flying to the rescue of Thomas Cook customers left high and dry following the company’s collapse by offering extra flights to Lapland this Christmas. We know how important it is for families to enjoy time together at Christmas and Lapland offers an amazing festive getaway.”
Finnair’s extra flights will commence on 20 December with three additional services operating; the AY7039 to Rovaniemi, the AY7033 to Kittilä and a further service to Rovaniemi, the AY7041 later in the day.