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A small slump in the number of Christmas chartered flights to Lapland

Article published
17.1.2020 at 08:23
Airplane on a snow covered runway
The final number of Christmas chartered flights to Lapland airports corresponded to the situation published in November. According to the estimate, the number of chartered flights in 2019 would not exceed the previous year’s result.

In December, a total of 724 chartered flights flew to Rovaniemi, Kittilä, Ivalo, Enontekiö and Kuusamo. This is 55 fewer than in 2018.

The single greatest reason behind the decline was the Thomas Cook bankruptcy in September 2019. In addition, the uncertainty brought on by Brexit has surely affected the willingness of Brits to travel.

Despite the slight decrease in flight numbers, Jani Jolkkonen, Finavia’s Senior Vice President, Airport Network, is satisfied with this season.

“We have tracked the development of the number of chartered flights throughout the autumn, and we are happy with the number of flights that was affected by everything going in the UK in particular,” says Jolkkonen.

“In recent years, we have strongly invested in Lapland airports, especially Rovaniemi, Ivalo and Kittilä and, of course, we hope that passengers are satisfied with the renovations. We have received plenty of positive feedback regarding the increased terminal space and new services, among other things,” adds Jolkkonen.

Number of chartered flights per airport

2017 2018 2019
Rovaniemi 224 280 237
Kittilä 221 240 240
Ivalo 118 130 124
Enontekiö 64 64 63
Kuusamo 25 65 60

Read also about Finavia's other traffic statistics.