Lapland departures and flights to Lisbon will operate next winter by Monarch as the airline raises capacity by a further 240,000 seats.

A new scheduled route to Kittila in Finland will run from Gatwick and Manchester to provide an extended range of Lapland holidays.

A summer route to the Portuguese capital will be extended to operate during the winter from Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester.

Fares for winter 2016-17 have gone on sale today, including to the airline’s most popular winter sun destinations of Malaga, Gibraltar, Almeria, Gran Canaria, Madeira and Ovda, the gateway to Eilat.

Flights are available from Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Gatwick, Luton and Manchester airports.

The winter schedule for 2016-17 has already seen more frequencies added to the most popular destinations and more sociable flight times scheduled.

The remainder of next winter’s flying programme will be added soon, according to the airline.

Head of network development, Marjan Schoeke, said: “We continuously refine and develop our network strategy looking closely at where and at what time our customers want to fly.

“We are pleased to be able to introduce routes that Monarch will be flying as winter destinations for the first time, in particular, our new routes to Lisbon which is proving to be a popular choice with our customers.

“In addition we are introducing a new scheduled service to Kittila, where customers can experience all that Finland has to offer with an extensive range of Santa and adventure holidays from our tour operator.

“In total another 240,000 seats are now available for winter 2016-17.”