Kemi-Tornio Airport (KEM/EFKE)

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Potential routes from Europe:
  • Germany

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.

  • United Kingdom

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

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.

  • Russia

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.

  • The Netherlands
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.
  • Spain

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:
  • Japan

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.


Kemi-Tornio airport takes you straight to Sea Lapand including Artic crusies on the historic Sampo icebreaker, ice swimming in -20C and nights in Kimi's SnowCastle.

Midnight Ice – the world's biggest sauna with room for 150...rafting on the boiling Kukkolankoski river...the peace of the River Tornio which also flows though Tornio Golf Club – Europe's northernmost course with nine holes in Sweden, nine in Finland – in summer you can play golf all night long.

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).

Lapland Airports: The top three international markets


  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. Russia


  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. Russia


  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. Russia


  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. Russia


  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. Russia


  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. Russia

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • KEM is the airport of the Sea Lapland area, which includes the busy towns – Kemi, the Finnish-Swede twincity TornioHaparanda – and the growing municipal centres – Simo, Tervola and Keminmaa
  • Sea Lapland has approximately 70,000 inhabitants
  • Good communications make the region a busy traffic junction. After all, it is located centrally at the border with Oulu and Lapland provinces and adjacent to the frontier with Sweden in the West
  • Sea Lapland can be reached by air, rail and road, and naturally by water
  • In the summertime, you can enjoy the rushing white waters of Kukkolankoski or join a boat trip on the Kemijoki River. On a ship cruise during the day or Midnight Sun along the coast of the Bothnian Bay you can enjoy the marine atmosphere in beautiful landscapes.
  • In the winter and spring you can cruise the frozen open seas on the grand icebreaker Sampo and take a dip in the frigid sea without even getting wet. Kemi’s SnowCastle offers dining, overnight stays in the SnowHotel or even a great venue for weddings. Sea Lapland also offers snowmobile safaris with “sea views” on the frozen seascapes of the Bothnian Bay, husky sled rides through the snowscapes and horse riding in traditional landscapes. If you are lucky you might also experience the magnificent Northern Lights dancing in the sky. You can try driving a real rally car if you want to practice your winter driving skills. Wintertime and springtime events give life a bit of activity.
  • You can familiarize yourselves with the numerous sights of Sea Lapland such as the biggest sauna in the world in the Midnight Ice Cape East Hotell & Restaurang or the Green Zone golf course which is located between two countries, Finland and Sweden and enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the shopping paradise. Fishing in Sea Lapland is possible throughout the year. Numerous events provide their own extra to the already abundant offerings of Sea Lapland.
  • The Gulf’s national park with its attractive islands, rivers with falls, quiet waters and lush coastal landscapes, string fens and rocky hills form the natural scenery of Sea Lapland. This is a landscape that enchants its beholders in all seasons. Nature and associated activities and experiences indeed form a close part of the region’s quality tourism fare all year round.
  • Sea Lapland also has a UNESCO world heritage site in Tornio that is part of the “Struve Geodetic Arc”
  • Sea Lapland is a industry concentration with for example Stora Enso paper mill, Metsä-Botnia pulp mill and Outokumpu steel factory. Textile, timber and the furnishing industries are also represented in the area as well as Outokumpu Chrome mine.

Expect a lot of marketing support for your new air services – including these specialist local, regional and national tourist promotion organisations.

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.

A concentration of commercially important people: The Rajalla- På Gränsen border shopping project, co-located in both Finland and Sweden.

Catchment Area

  • 30 min catchment area: 70,000 inhabitants
  • 60 min catchment area: 120,000 inhabitants
  • 120 min catchment area: 500,000 inhabitants
  • A catchment area of 500km would reach also the northern parts of Norway and Russia

The entire population of Sea Lapland live within a mere 30 minutes’ distance from the KEM airport. The closeness of the airport makes the whole Sea Lapland easily accessible for travelers.



Ivalo Airport catchment map

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Please contact us for more information on freight opportunities

The airport is located only 6km from Kemi city centre and 20km from the Finno-Swede crossborder town of TornioHaparanda – an important trade and retail centre. Accommodation capacity in Sea Lapland is 3,300 beds – including these romantic rooms in the Snowhotel. But it's not all about tourism – steelmaker Outokumpu is a major employer currently investing €440 million over three years to double steel production to over 500,000 tonnes.


  • Sea Lapland and KEM are located centrally at the border with Oulu and Lapland provinces and adjacent to the frontier with Sweden in the west. Sea Lapland and KEM are also located at the bottom of the northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia, into which the region’s three great rivers – the Simo, Kemi and Tornio River – descend.
  • The airport is located only 6km from Kemi city centre, 20km from Tornio Haparanda city centre, 4km from Keminmaa municipality centre and 35km from municipality centres of Simo and Tervola
  • The Arctic Circle is only one hour’s drive away and the Swedish border is only 20 minutes away when driving the new motorway between Kemi and TornioHaparanda
  • The airport is served by taxis and car rental companies
  • Closest passenger trains arrive to and leave from Kemi train station

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runways (number and length): 1 runway 2500X48
  • Category: CAT I

Important Infrastructure Developments and/or Other News

  • Outokumpu steel factory is going to expand production and invest €440 million during the next three years. The investment will give 120 new jobs to the area and expand production from 265,000 tonnes to 530,000 tonnes per year. The plant is unique because the entire manufacturing process takes place in one location.
  • Major new projects in the area that would give the area huge growth and development possibilities include new energy forms such as a wind turbine park and a biodiesel plant. Other projects include the Sarius Wellness Centre tourism project and the På Gränsen – Rajalla border shopping project co-located in both Finland and Sweden.

Vital statistics

  • 95,600 passengers (97% dom)
  • Largest carrier: Finncomm (codeshare Finnair) (98%)
  • Top three countries that overnight in Sea Lapland:
    • Netherlands
    • Russia
    • Sweden
  • Further statistics