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Lapland demand is on the rise, 120 flights from Gatwick are scheduled for December

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As the holiday season is already upon us, demand for flights to the home of Father Christmas is increasing. London Gatwick responds to increasing Lapland demand with more flights than any other UK airport.

London Gatwick will offer a total of 120 flights bound for Lapland in December. Six destinations in and around the Lapland region – Enontekiö, Ivalo, Kittilä, Kuusamo, Tromsø 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 airport’s record number of services comes in response to growing demand from British tourists to visit Lapland – the northernmost region of Finland, famed for its association with Father Christmas. Last December, the number of British visitors to Rovaniemi was up +13.9% on the previous year.

Gatwick has already seen a surge in passengers travelling to Lapland this year, even before the festive season has begun. In October, the number of passengers heading to Rovaniemi from Gatwick almost tripled year-on-year.

The airport has also launched a number of new winter routes to provide passengers with more choice when picking their Christmas market destination. New flights to Aarhus and Warsaw with easyJet have already taken off, with new British Airways services to Cologne and Lyon set to follow in the coming weeks.

Plus, this 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.”