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Turkish Airlines to start flights to Lapland

Turkish Airlines’ direct flights from Istanbul will bring the first-ever business-class seats to Rovaniemi.

Turkish Airlines will operate direct flights between Istanbul and Finnish Lapland from this time next year for the 2019-2020 winter season.

The first flight will depart from the Turkish hub for Rovaniemi on December 5, 2019, airport operator Finavia reveals.

It can only be hoped that the snow will fall earlier there next year than it has this year. Seats will be available to both travel companies and individual travellers.

The route – in which Turkish Airlines will be the first carrier to offer seats in business class to Rovaniemi – will be operated three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

The new route will also be the first direct connection between Istanbul and both Lapland and Rovaniemi, Finavia says.

In turn, Rovaniemi will be connected to 122 countries and a total of 304 destinations via Turkish Airlines’ Istanbul hub and, potentially, its massive new airport.

Rovaniemi is, of course, the official hometown of Santa Claus and an increasingly famous winter destination with unique winter activities like reindeer sleigh rides, dog sledding and a memorable encounter on the edge of the Arctic Circle with the town’s most famous character, Santa Claus.

Good timing
The Rovaniemi Airport expansion project is due to be completed by the Christmas season of 2019, just in time for the new Istanbul route.

“We at Finavia are very delighted to welcome Turkish Airlines to Rovaniemi next year and opening the historic scheduled route,” anticipates Finavia’s senior vice president Jani Jolkkonen.

“We strongly believe in Lapland’s airports’ future and the new Istanbul connection enables the further growth of Lapland’s tourism industry and increases Finland’s accessibility and competitiveness.”

Sanna Kärkkäinen, chief executive of Visit Rovaniemi, added: “Istanbul brings great opportunities to Rovaniemi. A total of 80 destinations can now be reached in just over three hours’ time from Istanbul.”

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