Kittilä Airport (KTT/EFKT)


Printable Version

The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup takes place in Levi each November – an international highlight in the competitive ski calendar and a peak time for sport travel specialists. Massive investment has been poured into the resort to provide the airport, hotels, and other facilities demanded for hosting this world series event.

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:
  • 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.

Lapland Airports: The top three international markets

Ivalo

  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. Russia

Enontekiö

  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. Russia

Kittilä

  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. Russia

Rovaniemi

  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. Russia

Kuusamo

  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. Russia

Kemi-Tornio

  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. Russia

There's world-champion ski infrastructure, golf – although reindeer can ruin your handicap, while you can also learn how to drive a sled – pulled by one of these..

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Offering a superb location in the centre of Finnish Lapland, Kittilä Airport (KTT) has invested heavily in its land and airside infrastructure with one purpose in mind – to bring new carriers and increasing amounts of passengers into one of the most exhilarating tourist destinations in Europe. Kittilä, the fastest-growing airport in Finland in 2008, is a high quality, efficient and secure airport, dedicated to serving its airline community and passengers with equal care.
  • Kittilä airport provides a gateway to six high-quality, unique destinations located within a one hour radius offering totally contrasting experiences ranging from brilliant slopes, hiking in untouched nature, luxury hotels, cosy cabins, golf courses – even picking wild berries – all within a space a few days.
  • The development of Kittilä’s tourism has increased flight capacities and passenger volumes throughout the last 10 years – solid growth matched through development of hotel facilities and ski resorts, as well as investments in marketing, especially the FIS World Cup.

 

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.

More tourist investment: Skanska is building new chalet apartments in the Saariselkä tourist resort 28km from the airport due to be completed in 2011.

Catchment Area

There are six high quality, unique destinations located within one hour of Kittilä airport. The most significant catchment is inward with about 1 million tourists visits every year. Extra details on these destinations can be accessed via these links.

Ivalo Airport catchment map

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Please contact us for more information on freight opportunities

Whatever claims the other Lapland resorts make on Santa's toy-making activities – Levi is where he comes he comes to relax and ski. But it's not just skiing – Levi's other mass participation event was the Kona Levi24 in June – 24 hours of off-road biking 170km inside the Arctic Circle. Tourism investments in the catchment area are around 1 billion euros during 2006-2014

Geography

For full details of the geographical context of Kittilä, and more details of nearby attractions and destinations go to http://www.ktt-lapland.com/destinations.html

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runways (number and length): 1 runway 2,500 x 45
  • Category: CAT I
  • Terminals (Number, type and last major refurbishment): 1 International passenger terminal, new terminal in 2006

Important Infrastructure Development and/or Other News

Tourism investments in the catchment area are around 1 billion euros during 2006-2014

Vital statistics

  • Passenger numbers (Commentary on domestic/international; scheduled/charter; business/leisure/transfer would also be useful here): 2009: A total of 245,300 passengers (68% dom. scheduled, 32% int. charter).
  • Largest carrier: Finnair (57%)
  • Further statistics

Financials