A busy winter season in Lapland

12.12.12 at 15:39

"Based on the volume of chartered flights, Lapland and Northern Finland will have a busy winter season. The fact that the number of chartered flights will be at the same level as last year indicates that Lapland still remains an appealing destination for foreigners, and not even the uncertain global economy has had a mentionable impact on the number of chartered flights," says Joni Sundelin, Director at Finavia.

As an airport service provider, Finavia is notified of chartered flights later than before. This is caused by the fact that people reserve trips from tour operators later than before and closer to the time when the trip takes place. The UK still remains the busiest market where chartered flights depart from.

Rovaniemi and Kittilä Airport get the highest number of chartered flights between late November and early January. Finavia estimates that both airports will get an approximate total of 130 chartered flights. It estimated that the volume of chartered flights will increase by about 10% in Rovaniemi, whereas the volume in Kittilä will match the previous year.

Enontekiö and Ivalo will both get about 50 chartered flights during the season. Finavia estimates that the flight volume at these airports will remain at the same level as last year. Kuusamo has strengthened its position as a destination for chartered flights as it will receive a total of about 20 chartered flights, which is almost double compared to 2011.

"The chartered flights in winter provide good demand for Finavia airport services in Lapland. They also improve the conditions for other air traffic in the province and contribute to funding the instrastructure and services required by regular air traffic. Finavia's goal is to provide cost-effective and flexible airport services at provincial airports. This is the only way to meet the great variation in air traffic demand during different times of the year in Lapland," says Mr. Sundelin.

Rovaniemi is the busiest Finavia airport in Lapland, with 333,000 passengers (+2.7%) this year. Kittilä passengers in January–November: 200,000 (+8.8%), Ivalo: 114,000 (+18.9%) and Enontekiö: 3,300. The passenger volume in Kuusamo in the early part of the year is 75,000 (-4.5%).