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Bits: Book Lapland on Finnair with Avios, Loganair to run flights from Carlisle Airport, £50 off car rental

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News in brief:

Book flights to Lapland with Finnair

Following a successful first season, Finnair is bringing back its direct London to Kittilä flight this winter.

Commencing on 16th December 2018 and running every Sunday until 25th March 2019, the route will offer access to Finland’s largest ski resort, Levi, and the nearby area of Ylläs which consists of two original Lappish villages.

The outbound flight will depart London Gatwick at 09:00, arriving in Kittilä at 14:25. The return flight will depart Kittilä at 06:40, arriving at London Gatwick at 08:10.

As a oneworld partner, you can book Finnair flights using Avios via the standard Avios booking page.  As of last night, however, seats for these flights had not yet been loaded.

Finnair Gatwick to Lapland

Loganair named as the surprise Carlisle Lake District airport partner

Carlisle Lake District airport reopens to passenger traffic on 4th June.

As the airport is owned by Stobart Group, which also owns London Southend Airport and runs Flybe franchise services, it was expected that Stobart Air – under a Flybe franchise – would be flying here.  We were wrong.

Scottish airline Loganair has instead been signed up.   Loganair has a fleet of 29 aircraft and flies within Scotland as well as to Norwich, Manchester, Channel Islands, Ireland, Northern Ireland, London and Bergen.

Loganair will operate eight flights on weekdays and a total of 12 at weekends, connecting Cumbria and the Lake District to London Southend, Belfast City and Dublin.  These will be operated by 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft.

There is no sign at the moment that these flights will be included in the Loganair / British Airways codeshare deal.

Meanwhile, the potential takeover of Flybe by Stobart Group has gone quiet.  Stobart still has a week to make a formal bid under Stock Exchange rules.

£50 off car rental with Opodo

Via this page, Opodo is offering £50 off a £350 (or equivalent) car rental.  You need to book before 27th March and use promo code 50SALESOPUK.

The £350 – which seems a little high unless you are booking for two weeks or more – minimum spend must be before any additional insurance.

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  1. 1nfrequent says:

    OT but thought it might be useful as Rob’s talked about the HSBC Premier account, which carries a credit card that you can use to claim Avios. HSBC are going to reduce the income threshold for the account from £100,000 to £75,000. I know that some people have been put off by the previous threshold level but this might open it up as a possibility for more people.

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