New Route of the Day (2 December 2023): Austrian Airlines between Vienna and Rovaniemi
Austrian Airlines inaugurated flights between its Vienna hub and Rovaniemi in Finland on Saturday 2 December. The winter seasonal 2,125-kilometre route will be maintained weekly until 16 March, 2024 with the 180-seat A320 aircraft. The airline faces no competition between the two cities.
Flight OS331 departs Vienna at 10:30 local time, arriving in Rovaniemi at 14:45 local time. The return service, operating as OS332, takes off from the Finnish city at 15:45 local time, touching back down in the Austrian capital at 17:55 local time.
“Super Saturday” at Rovaniemi Airport
Rovaniemi Airport’s operator Finavia has described 2 December as a “Super Saturday”. Apart from Austrian Airlines’ new service from Vienna, another three European carriers launched flights to the Finnish city.
Iberia introduced 2-weekly rotations from Madrid, while its subsidiary Vueling commenced 2-weekly flights from Barcelona. In addition, Finnair commenced services between Rovaniemi and Tromso in Norway all on the same day.
More than 20 scheduled flights departed Rovaniemi on Saturday. In addition to the new routes, there were services to Milan MXP, Amsterdam, Brussels BRU, London LGW, London STN, Liverpool, and Manchester, among others.
In Rovaniemi, the busiest travel days are in December, with weekends being popular travel times, especially Saturdays.
Record winter for Rovaniemi Airport
Between now and January, additional new flights will be launched to Rovaniemi. easyJet commences a total of five new routes in December, including Edinburgh, London LTN, Paris CDG, Amsterdam, and Naples, while Transavia will start flights from Paris ORY and Eurowings will begin flying from Berlin in January.
Airlines currently offer approximately 1.6 million seats to Finavia’s five Lapland airports, which is approximately a 15% increase from last year. Nearly half of those are on flights to Rovaniemi, the region’s largest city, with the others going to Ivalo, Kemi-Tornio, Kittila and Kuusamo, which is just over the border in Northern Ostrobothnia.
A total of 23 international destinations will be maintained out of Rovaniemi this winter, 12 of which are completely new.