British Airways and Finnair have announced an extension to their existing codeshare agreement with the aim of “increasing the connectivity for both carriers through their respective Helsinki and London airport hubs”.

BA will place its code on new Finnair services from Gatwick to the Lapland destinations of Kittila and Ivalo (starting December 12 and 14 respectively).

Meanwhile Finnair will codeshare on BA routes from Heathrow to Tallinn, Copenhagen and Gothenburg.

BA already partners with Finnair, Iberia and Japan Airlines on routes between Europe and Japan – a joint business venture which originally launched with BA, Finnair and JAL in 2014.

Commenting on the extension Rishi Kapoor, head of alliances for BA said:

“We are delighted to offer our customers yet more choices of destinations between Japan and Europe with Finnair as part of our joint partnership with JAL and Iberia, and additionally the opportunity to fly direct to Lapland from London Gatwick this winter.”,