Gatwick expects to offer more flights to Lapland than any other UK airport this winter with a total of 120 flights bound for the home of Father Christmas in December

Six destinations in and around the Lapland region -Enontekio, Ivalo, Kittila, Kuusamo, Tromso and the capital Rovaniemi – are all being offered.

The UK airport with the second highest number of Lapland services in December is offering a third fewer flights, Gatwick claimed.

The record number of services is in response to growing demand from tourists to visit Lapland.

The number of British visitors to Rovaniemi was up 13.9% last December on the same month the previous year.

Other new winter routes from Gatwick include Aarhus and Warsaw with easyJet and Cologne and Lyon by British Airways.
A record number of flights will run to European cities featuring some of the most renowned Christmas markets next month – with 315 to Amsterdam, 306 to Geneva and 227 to Copenhagen.

Airport head of airline relations Stephen King 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.”