Finnair brings Santa Claus to India for the first time 

With Christmas only a few weeks away, Santa Claus has begun his world tour. With travel restrictions being lifted around the world, the jolly fellow Santa Claus is switching from Rudolph’s sleigh to his official airline, Finnair, Finland’s national flag carrier, to visit India for the first time. After a stopover in Singapore and Tokyo, Santa made his way to India to spread the Nordic Christmas cheer.

Santa Claus exchanged high-fives with children and passengers upon arriving at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport on December 15. He will be in Mumbai from December 15th-18th where he will be visiting events such as IIT-Bombay and spreading good cheer in hospitals, such as King Edward Memorial Hospital.

Santa will also be coming to Phoenix Palladium on December 18 between 3-7 PM IST and will be meeting children and their parents in the mall. All the engagements in Mumbai have been jointly organized by Finnair and Visit Finland.

Finnair brings Santa Claus to India for the first time 

Before coming to India, Santa was in Tokyo and Singapore early this month. Looks like Santa has been busy travelling to bring joy and festivities to improve the well-being of the children of the world while maintaining the global image of Finland as the true Christmas country and homeland of Santa Claus.

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As Finland’s national flag carrier, Finnair regularly flies to Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus. The carrier added Mumbai as its second destination in Summer 2022 and operates from Mumbai and Helsinki three times a week, i.e., on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, connecting Indian travellers smoothly to and from Finnair’s vast network including Rovaniemi.

This is a popular travel destination for those visiting the Santa Claus Village, which is open year-round for guests to visit Father Christmas and soak in the charming festive atmosphere. Visitors can admire the Finnish design within the village’s wooden buildings as they send Christmas cards to loved ones and explore atmospheric restaurants, cafes, and gift shops alongside other attractions.

The carrier added Mumbai as its second destination in the Summer of 2022 and operates from Mumbai and Helsinki three times a week

Since 1983, Finnair has been the Official Airline of Santa Claus. At the heart of this relationship is the airline’s collaboration with the Santa Claus Foundation, which aims to boost children’s well-being across the globe. This traditionally referred to flying Santa on goodwill tours of Europe and Asia annually and hosting charitable projects to generate funds supporting education in Nepal.

Finnair is a network airline, specializing in connecting passenger and cargo traffic between Asia and Europe via the short northern route. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do – Finnair intends to reduce its net emissions by 50% by the end of 2025 from the 2019 baseline and achieve carbon neutrality latest by the end of 2045. Finnair is a member of the OneWorld alliance.