Finnair has increased its flight frequency to Lapland to meet demand from UK customers following the collapse of Thomas Cook.

More than 23 extra Finnair flights will operate from December 20 to January 5, with as many as three extra flights a day between Helsinki and resorts in Lapland to meet the surge in demand for Christmas trips.

There will be 15 additional flights to Rovaniemi, and four flights to Kittilä and Ivalo.

Flights from Heathrow to Rovaniemi, Kittilä and Ivalo, via Helsinki, start from £255 return.

The boost follows Finnair’s recently-launched direct seasonal services from Gatwick to Ivalo and Kittilä, which also has fares starting from £240 return.

Andrew Fish, general manager for UK, Ireland and Benelux said: “Finnair is flying to the rescue of Thomas Cook customers left high and dry following the company’s collapse by offering extra flights to Lapland this Christmas.

“Finnair is offering up to three additional flights a day on select dates to the top destinations of Rovaniemi, Ivalo and Kittilä from Helsinki, with quick and convenient connections from London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin.”