New routes and frequency possibilities and why these routes would work
Finavia’s northernmost airports form a network of six modern, year-round open and tourism-friendly access points to one of Europe’s most unique destinations at the Arctic Circle – Lapland. The six airports form a unified business and marketing concept – Lapland Airports. With a dense airport network we can promise: The North is Near.
Lapland region and Finavia are committed to creating incentives and marketing programmes to increase international passenger volumes to Lapland Airports (Ivalo, Enontekiö, Kittilä, Rovaniemi, Kuusamo and Kemi-Tornio).
|Potential routes from Europe:|
|There are no regular direct flights, scheduled or charter, to Lapland from Germany. The existing demand is 28,000 indirect passengers. The main airports for German passengers are Kittilä and Rovaniemi. A substantial growth potential exists between tour operators and airlines in this market. Ivalo and Kuusamo provide a good potential for wildlife and nature holiday seekers.|
|Almost 45% of Lapland’s international passengers currently come from the UK. The charter market is mature, but currently heavily affected by the economic downturn. The UK market has a well established Christmas/Santa Claus product bringing an annual 100,000-150,000 passengers to Lapland in December with growth potential to prolong the travel season from December to November-March. Scheduled flights are in demand to satisfy tour operator demand for part-charters and seat-only products.|
|France is the second-largest international market for Lapland. The charter market provides seats for 60% of the total 37,000 passengers arriving to Lapland. Main airports served are Rovaniemi, Ivalo and Enontekiö. Establishing new tour operator sales in France would grow the total market.|
|Russian tourists are the single largest market visiting Finland and Lapland, including a total of 20,000 passengers arrive to Lapland from Russia. New services from Russian scheduled and charter airlines would provide a strong alternative for the passengers arriving by train or car. The flight time from Moscow is only 1 hour – connecting the Moscow catchment to Lapland.|
|Around 60% of passengers arrive to Lapland via Helsinki (from a total of around 21,000). The growth of the direct charters has been given a boost to the market with TUI, Voigt Travel and Buroscandinavia giving Lapland a strong visibility in the Dutch market. Rovaniemi, Kittilä and Kuusamo are the main airports served.|
|Around 65% of Spanish passengers arrive with scheduled service via Helsinki (from a total of around 21,000 Lapland visitors). Spain holds a potential in existing and new tour operators requiring suitable air services to grow their business. The main airports served are Rovaniemi, Ivalo and Kittilä.|
|Potential routes from Asia:|
|Surprisingly, Japan makes it into the top10 international visitor chart with an annual 12,000 Japanese tourists arriving in Lapland via Helsinki, according to MIDT. The growth potential in this market is very high.|
Lapland Airports: The top three international markets
Other major reasons to serve this airport
- Enontekiö- Kautokeino Saami Airport (ENF) – the airport in Sámi land is located in the western part of North Calotte Region (135,000 inhabitants).
- The region belongs to the Sámi Homeland area. Kautokeino, the neighbouring municipality of Enontekiö, is the center of the Sámi culture in the North Calotte Region.
- There are two attractive Sámi culture events in the region: St. Mary´s Day in Hetta in March and Saami Easter Festival in Kautokeino.
- Enontekiö is Europe´s last remaining Arctic wilderness at the intersection of three national borders (Finland, Sweden and Norway). It is an appealing nature destination in summer and winter. The absolute strengths of tourism development in the region rely on arctic, varying nature, clearly distinct seasons, snow guarantee (November – May) and midnight sun.
- Enontekiö has easy access to the popular tourist attractions in the region: the National Park Pallas-Yllästunturi, Hetta Ski Resort and other ski resorts (Pallas and Olos) in the region. The region provides pleasant and comfortable accommodation throughout the year in hotels, holiday villages and cabins. Local activity programme companies arrange thrilling activities (husky, snowmobile and reindeer safaris and cross-country skiing excursions) in winter. The fell guides can take you in summer to the best fishing places, hiking and canoeing routes in the shared wilderness regions of Finland, Sweden and Norway.
- Enontekiö is also a natural gateway to Nothern Norway and the fjords of the Arctic Sea and the North Cape.
Marketing and other support
Finavia works actively to support airlines in opening new routes to Finland and thus stimulate air traffic. We share risk with our customers upon establishing new routes by:
- Providing incentives for new routes with an open and equal policy;
- Promoting new air services at all Finavia Airports;
- Supporting airlines with business cases and joint promotions;
- Working together with the Tourist Authorities to facilitate co-operation
Please check our promotion policy.
- 30 min catchment: Hetta, the main village of Enontekiö
- 60 min catchment area: Muonio, Kautokeino (Norway)
- 120 min catchment area: Kilpisjärvi, Levi Ski Resort, Ylläs Ski Resort
Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors
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- Enontekiö Airport is located in the municipality of Enontekiö in the northwestern part of Finnish Lapland. A bus connection meets the arrival of the domestic route flights from the airport to Hetta and Kilpisjärvi. There is also a taxi service on call from the airport to Muonio, Kautokeino and Ylikyrö.
- The nearest railway station is located in Kolari (150 kms from the airport). There is a night train connection from Kolari to Helsinki, Tampere and Turku.
Infrastructure & Operations
- Runways (number and length): 1 runway 2000 x 45
- Category: CAT I
Important infrastructure developments and/or other news
- Hetta Ski Resort is the newest investment in the region. Seven ski runs, snowboarding, ski rental, ski school and nature excursions. Cross-country ski tracks.
- The development strategy of the municipality of Enontekiö emphasizes the use of region’s opportunities for the benefit of tourism and development of services. The municipality of Enontekiö is taking part in tourism organizations on local, regional and county level and is developing co-operation between companies and municipalities in Norway and Sweden as well.
- Registered overnights (2009) in Enontekiö: Finnish 86,500, foreign visitors 37,150, total 123,600.
- Foreign tourists TOP3: UK 10,227, France 9,350, Norway 6,800.
- Registered beds (2009): Enontekiö: 1,055 beds, Muonio: 997 beds, Kautokeino 329 beds.
- Passenger numbers (2009): A total of international 17,700 passengers.
- Largest carrier: British Midland Airways (40%)
- Further statistics