Lufthansa launches first ever direct Christmas flights to visit Santa in Lapland 

Rovaniemi Airport
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Lufthansa Airlines has announced that it will launch special Christmas flights this year to visit Santa Claus in Lapland for the first time.  

Lufthansa confirmed on May 23, 2024, that it will be providing direct flights from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Germany to Rovaniemi Airport (RVN) in the capital of Lapland in northern Finland, twice a week over Christmas.  

The exciting new festive route will launch from November 30, 2024, leaving Frankfurt for Santa Claus’ favorite airport every Tuesday and Saturday.  

Flight LH852 will depart FRA at 08:30 and arrive RVN at 12:50, before flight LH853 leaves RVN at 13:50 and arrives back in Germany at 15:50. 

As well as visiting Santa Claus over Christmas 2024, Rovaniemi is popular for those looking to explore the Arctic Circle and witness the Northern Lights.  

Rovaniemi Lapland

In addition to Helsinki, Oulu, Kittilä, Ivalou and Kuusamo, Rovaniemi is the sixth Finnish destination for Lufthansa. 

AeroTime spoke with Santa Claus who said he was “greatly looking forward to welcoming Lufthansa passengers from Frankfurt to his home in Lapland this year”. 

Lufthansa will also fly from Frankfurt to Chișinău, the capital of the Republic of Moldova, in winter. This connection was initially launched in summer 2024.  

Nantes in France can now also be visited from Munich this winter, a destination which was also added in summer. 

All new destinations can be booked immediately through Lufthansa.

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