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Finnair increases Lapland capacity


Demand for Lapland prompts airline to add thousands of seats
Due to what it calls a continued increase in demand for Lapland as a tourist destination, Finnair is boosting its capacity to several Lapland airports for this coming winter season.
Between January 1 and March 24, it will add four weekly frequencies to Rovaniemi operating on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, operating the route up to five times daily from Helsinki.
Kuusamo will see a 23% growth in seat capacity with three additional weekly frequencies operating on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays. These flights will be operated mostly with Embraer 190s.
In addition, the ‘daily triangle flight’ that was operated between Helsinki, Ivalo and Kittilä in the afternoons during the last winter season will now be operated as non-stop flights on both the Helsinki-Ivalo and Helsinki-Kittilä routes, with a mix of Airbus aircraft.
In all, Finnair will be offering 430,000 seats to Lapland for winter 2017, between November and April.
“Lapland has been attracting hundreds of thousands of international tourists every year and the interest continues to grow steadily,” explains Juha Järvinen, chief commercial officer at Finnair.
“At present, the number one destinations in our network amongst Chinese tourists have been in northern Finland during the winter months. The past winter seasons have been particularly successful and we have increased our winter capacity to Lapland by nearly 140,000 seats over the past four years.”
Finnair will also operate new non-stop flights to Lapland’s airports from London Gatwick, Paris and Zurich. In total, it will be adding around 57,000 seats to its winter capacity in Lapland compared to the last winter season.
TTG Nordic


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