Finnair is to launch a twice weekly winter seasonal route from London Gatwick to Ivalo, Finland from Thursday 14 December 2017.
The airline will fly from London Gatwick to Ivalo (Ivalo airport) on Thursdays and Sundays until Thursday 22 March 2018. The route then resumes on Thursday 13 December 2018.
Ivalo is the northern most airport in Finland. It is a small airport with just a few flights a day. Ivalo is a popular destination for winter sports, visiting Lapland and witnessing the Northern Lights.
Finnair also flies to Helsinki from London Heathrow, together with its codeshare partner British Airways, up to six times a day. It should be possible to “mix and match” direct flights from London Gatwick with indirect routings if that is more convenient.
Flights are on sale now at Finnair.com However, do note that it is only possible to book flights up to approximately a year in advance.
Finnair also flies from London Gatwick to Kittilä (Kittilä airport) on Tuesdays from 12 December 2017 to Tuesday 20 March 2018. The route then resumes on Tuesday 11 December 2018. Both routes are also codeshared with British Airways.
Here is a more detailed guide to winter seasonal routes from London.
Here is the initial timetable (which may be subject to change):
London Gatwick – Ivalo
Flight AY662 Depart London Gatwick 09:30 – Arrive Ivalo 15:00 (Thursdays)
Flight AY662 Depart London Gatwick 08:25 – Arrive Ivalo 13:55 (Sundays)
Flight AY661 Depart Ivalo 07:00 – Arrive London Gatwick 08:40 (Thursdays)
Flight AY661 Depart Ivalo 06:00 – Arrive London Gatwick 07:40 (Sundays)
The flight time is approximately 3.5 hours. Ivalo is 2 hours ahead of the UK.
London Gatwick – Kittilä
Flight AY658 Depart London Gatwick 18:10 – Arrive Kittilä 23:35 (Tuesdays)
Flight AY657 Depart Kittilä 15:45 – Arrive London Gatwick 17:15 (Tuesdays)