Thomson and First Choice have announced increased capacity to the Canaries and Lapland in response to customer demand for winter holidays, as well as an extra 250,000 extra seats for summer 2018.

Holidaymakers looking to visit the Canaries this half-term and Christmas will have more flights to choose from.

Additional seats will be available for sunseekers looking for a late break to the sun with two new routes from Manchester to Lanzarote and Birmingham to Tenerife. More capacity will be opened up over Christmas with Fuerteventura added into the mix from December.

Additional three- and four-night breaks will also be available to Lapland (Kittila) during December from Gatwick and Manchester airports.

Mark Hall, the companies' director of product, said: “After a mixed bag of summer weather in the UK, the Canaries are proving particularly popular, especially for families wanting to escape over half term. We are seeing an upsurge in demand over Christmas so we are opening up extra capacity from to key destinations in December.

"But sun is just part of the winter holiday landscape and we’ve seen a growth in visits to Lapland year on year, with extremely strong bookings for December 2017. By making more short breaks available from Gatwick and Manchester through December we are able to meet ever increasing demand for Christmas season holidays.”

The business is also looking forward to 2018 confirming quarter of a million additional seats for the summer period. This will include a significant increase in holidays to Turkey, which performed well this summer, with an increase in the number of ten- and 11-night breaks from Manchester, Birmingham and Gatwick.

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