Brrrrrrrrrrr! It looks chilly in Lapland…but that is kind of the point of why Monarch Airlines has started twice-weekly flights to Kittila from London Gatwick and Manchester airports. Both services started on 2 December.
- Monarch Airlines has bolstered its presence in the highly competitive and very short-season Christmas trip market, with twice-weekly services from London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN) to Kittila (KTT) in Finland both starting on 2 December. Commenting on the numerous new routes to northern Finland this winter, Finavia Director Joni Sundelin says: “In all, almost a thousand flights will land in Lapland in December. That is a big number. The planes will be full of enthusiastic travellers prepared to enjoy the magnificent tourism opportunities of the north. Our close cooperation with the tourism industry is now bearing fruit.” From the London airport, Thomson Airways provides direct competition twice-weekly; whereas from Manchester the same airline offers five weekly flights, with Thomas Cook Airlines also flying on a weekly basis. While the majority of flights on both services will be flown by the airline’s A321 fleet, the first flight from Manchester was operated by one of its A320s. The London service operates until mid-February but the last Manchester flight is on 6 January according to OAG data.