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BA news: flights to Lapland launched, Dublin flights now using Aer Lingus lounge

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News in brief:

British Airways adds flights to Lapland

British Airways is adding winter services to Lapland this year, with twice-weekly flights to Ivalo.

Ivalo is the most northerly airport in Finland and is located in the Arctic Circle. According to BA:

It welcomes visitors from all over the world, particularly during the winter months, to enjoy cold weather and Christmas activities. It is known as a gateway to Saariselkä, a resort village attracting those who enjoy winter sports from skiing and snowmobile safaris to toboggan rides and snowshoeing.

Those who’d like to hand deliver their Christmas lists to Saint Nick can meet him at the Northern Lights Village in Saariselkä, and Ivalo’s remote location also lends itself to spectacular views of the northern lights.

Flights will operate from London Gatwick. Services start on 3rd December and will continue until 14th February.

Departures are on Tuesday and Friday, with an 8.35am flight from Gatwick (landing at 2.30pm) and a 3.30pm return, landing at 5.30pm.

Flights are booking for cash or Avios at ba.com.

British Airways move to Dublin Airport Terminal 2

British Airways flights to use the Aer Lingus lounge at Dublin

British Airways flights at Dublin have moved from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2, effective this week.

This was driven by IAG moving the ground handling contracts for British Airways and the other IAG carriers from Swissport to Aer Lingus.

Apart from changing where you check in, the key impact of this change for British Airways Silver and Gold members, plus Club Europe passengers, is that you can now use the Aer Lingus lounge in Terminal 2. This is a step up on the DAA lounge in Terminal 1 which was previously used.

There is a catch. The four BA flights departing before 9am will use the DAA lounge in Terminal 2 due to a lack of capacity in the Aer Lingus lounge. The DAA lounge in Terminal 2 does not have great feedback.


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Comments (40)

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  • ukpolak says:

    Thank you re: Lapland. With younger children, this has always been on the long list of places to go before time runs out for them.

    However packages from LGW or regionals (operated by charters I think like Titan?) go for something crazy like £4k for 2 nights away albeit with hotel and activities. Any flight disruption and it seriously impacts things. They all seem to be offered by websites with Lapland somewhere in the name and I have no idea which company is best.

    Many of the reviews of the hotels indicate preference for a DIY type approach – book your own stuff and take a bit of time to enjoy!

    Any thoughts from those that may have done a Lapland trip with young-ish children? Or just pay up and let the organisers take control of it all? Thank you!

    • Jenny says:

      I suggest renting a house (plenty on NettokMokki if you can manage the translation, or use AirBnb and accept the fees) and doing it yourself. Much better value and you can explore as you wish (especially if you want to ski).

    • Red Flyer says:

      For anyone without kids looking for a unique luxury break, with lots of snow activities on-site, then the Aurora Queen glass igloos is a great choice. Celebrated our 25 year wedding anniversary there in Feb this year and highly recommended. However, like the rest of Lapland not a bargain break.

    • Chas says:

      We did an organised trip c15 years ago, and at the time definitely thought that it was better than doing a self-organised trip. I’m sure we fitted in at least double the activities by having it all organised for us, and even on the coach trips between places the kids were kept thoroughly entertained. And just as importantly it was somewhat less tiring for the parents too, albeit still a completely knackering (but worthwhile) trip. It clearly comes down to the quality of the operator though, so you’d want to do your research and seek personal recommendations if possible.

      As to flight disruption, my singular data point is that flights to Lapland get prioritised: there was a huge snow-storm in the south-east the day before our flight left STN in the week before Christmas, and I think c90% of flights were cancelled or horribly delayed that day. Our flight was the first one off the runway that morning. Someone somewhere sensibly decided that having 100+ tired, frustrated and disappointed toddlers (not to mention their parents…) hanging around the terminal was something to be avoided if at all possible!

    • Andrew says:

      A couple of years ago we took the children to the other Northern Lights Village in Levi. For February half term we booked a 5 night package directly through the resort which included accommodation, transfers, activities, all meals and (non-alcoholic) drinks and arranged our own flights via Helsinki. It wasn’t cheap but ultimately we paid about the same as a pre-arranged 2/3 night package would have cost from the UK and ended up having a far better experience. The great thing with the Northern Lights Village was that all of the activities are on site. You just walk over to the huskies, reindeer, skidoos or cross country skiing circuit. There was no getting on a coach with 50 other people to be bussed half an hour to some tourist trap of a “santa’s village”. Lapland is expensive but because everything was included we genuinely spent next to nothing once there. Children and grown ups alike had an amazing experience and would love to go back.

  • polly says:

    Nice using the newer terminal in Dublin.
    Hate to say it, but food offerings in the EI lounge in T2 are dire. For the first time last week, we got hot food in the DAA lounge, albeit similar to the BA T5 lounges in LHR. But a huge step up from 3 types of cold pasta! Soup always has been available, quite nice too. So hopefully with this change, will bring better quality food. Nice shower too.

    • John says:

      At what time of day did you enjoy hot food in the T2 DAA lounge? Next door in East Lounge it’s pretty much soup and panini for dinner. In the EI lounge that would a can of Guinness and packed cheddar slice.

  • TimM says:

    Will ‘Saint Nick’ will be in ‘Lapland’ until 14th February to accept Christmas lists for the following Christmas? Good idea – he can take advantage of the post-Christmas sales.

    Still, he is a long way from his home in Antalya, Turkey and has many other responsibilities, according to Wikipedia (so it must be true), “Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers, toymakers, unmarried people, and students”.

  • PabloF says:

    Is there an error in the Terminal numbers (“ British Airways flights at Dublin have moved from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2, effective this week.)? Heathrow, at the moment, does not have an operating Terminal 1. Or are you referring to Manchester Airport?

    • Alex says:

      Erm, talking about Dublin? 🙂

    • Rhys says:

      Read the sentence again after you’ve had your coffee 😉

    • KG says:

      Haven’t had your morning coffee yet?

    • ADS says:

      there’s also a clue in the photo!

      btw, drop off / collection is slightly less chaotic at T2 – so that’s a bonus if you’re getting to DUB by car

  • John says:

    Hurry up and rejoin One World, EI. I want to use my EI silver across the network, otherwise it’s pointless.

  • Joe says:

    Best book those Lapland flights quick. Once it gets out they’ll be gone in a heartbeat

  • Sudz74 says:

    Very tempted by Christmas in the Artic circle. Though Avios seats disappearing fast…

  • Nate1309 says:

    I was planning to take the kids 8&4 to Lapland next year (Christmas 2025). There aren’t loads of flights and I had been planning Finnair via Helsinki to Rovenami.

    The reason for Rovenami is all the research says that is the best area.

    Does anyone on here have any experience for kids in the Ivalo area? Thanks.

    • Freddy says:

      Really depends on your expectations, ithought ivalo and saariselka were magical and not over commercialised like other areas. Managed to get a cheap package with santas lapland (they do exist but be flexible on uk airport)

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