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.”
NO WAY! A FREE Christmas break abroad AND still save money on your shopping?
In what is fantastic (and perhaps rather surprising) news, it’s been discovered that Christmas shoppers can enjoy a night away in one of Europe’s most popular winter destinations – effectively for free – and still save money on their festive purchases, even after the cost of their flight and accommodation has been deducted.
How’s that possible? Well, with tax-free prices available in most Gatwick stores – and return flights to Dublin, for example, available from as little as £33 – shoppers can make significant savings when they buy and fly, compared with getting their gifts on the high street or online where tax is added to most products.
Plus, many of Gatwick’s retailers – including Reiss, Dune, Fat Face and Superdry – are now allowing customers to buy products from their entire online collections in-store at the airport and still receive the airport discount off their items!
This means that passengers can identify the products they’d like to buy before travelling to the airport, and order them in-store – at the tax-free equivalent price – once they’re in Gatwick’s departure lounge awaiting their flight. They can then have the products delivered directly to their home, or have them waiting at Gatwick for when they get back from their trip.
Buying and flying is, therefore, one of the smartest ways to save money during the notoriously expensive Christmas shopping season.
Take a look at this example that highlights the big savings that passengers can make on their festive finances if they choose to buy and fly this Christmas.
Gatwick to Dublin with Ryanair (South Terminal) – £33.98 return
Wed 5th December: LGW 09:40 – 11:05 DUB
Thu 6th December: DUB 16:55 – 18:20 LGW
You save £158.98 when buying the following five products at Gatwick, rather than on the high street or online.
After the cost of your flights (£33.98) and one night’s accommodation in Dublin (estimated at £50) is deducted, your final saving is £75.
– minus flights – £33.98
– minus accommodation – £50
- Gia Leather Biker Jacket – Apricot (Women’s)
- High Street: £375 | Gatwick: £312.50
- Saving: £62.50
- Sandra Midi Wool Wrap Coat – Camel (Women’s)
- High Street: £329 | Gatwick: £274.17
- Saving: £54.83
- Hero Leather Racer Jacket – Black (Men’s)
- High Street: £199.99 | Gatwick: £166.66
- Saving: £33.33
- ‘One’ Fragrance – 50ml (Men’s)
- High Street: £34.95 | Gatwick: £29.13
- Saving: £5.82
- Dancing Mickey Phone Case
- High Street: £15 | Gatwick: £12.50
- Saving: £2.50
Rachel Bulford, Head of Retail, Gatwick Airport said:
“It’s exciting for Gatwick Airport and our retailers to be able to offer great savings on gifts compared with the high street, at what is the busiest time of the year for shoppers. By ticking everything off the Christmas list at Gatwick, shoppers can not only enjoy a trip away but also make savings on their festive finances even after the cost of their minibreak has been factored in.
“A number of our retailers are also now combining the ease of online shopping with big airport discounts, making buying and flying an even smarter choice this winter.”