Young flyers on EasyJet can now send their letters to Santa using the airline’s newly launched Lapland postal service.
Expecting that an estimated 200,000 families will be flying with EasyJet during the festive season, the airline is installing special post boxes at its major airports across the U.K. and Europe this month.
Young travellers passing through London Gatwick, London Luton, Bristol and Manchester airports have the opportunity to drop off their letters via EasyJet’s special orange post boxes in the airport terminals, while post boxes can also be found at Paris Charles de Gaulle, Naples and Milan airports.
In addition, the airline is providing a special letter collection service for local schools near its U.K. airports, “which will see EasyJet’s cabin crew bringing their famous warm welcome to collect letters to take directly to Santa”.
The letters will be delivered on EasyJet flights from across the U.K. and Europe directly to Rovaniemi in Lapland, the “home of Santa Claus”. EasyJet pilots and cabin crew will then hand-deliver them to Santa, “ensuring a magical way for children to have their wishes arrive safely regardless of where they’ll be this Christmas”.
Holidaying Children Concerned About Santa Not Finding Them
The postal service was launched after new research by the airline revealed that nearly three-quarters (71 per cent) of children flying for holidays this Christmas were worried that Santa wouldn’t be able to find them.
According to research by the airline (involving 2,000 British parents and their children), more than half (52 per cent) of children worry Santa won’t find them if they are spending Christmas with relatives or friends, while nine in 10 (91 per cent) of parents surveyed say their biggest fear is forgetting to pack their children’s Christmas stocking.
According to EasyJet, the research also revealed the lengths parents will go to ensure a magical Christmas, wherever they are spending it. Nine in 10 (93 per cent) parents say they have packed treats for Santa to take on holiday, including carrots, cookies and Scotch.
Half of Britons going away this Christmas (51 per cent) will be visiting friends and family, with 18 per cent preferring a hot and sunny escape – such as the Costa Blanca. Nearly all Brits (98 per cent) travelling abroad will make an effort to find events and festive activities to ensure their children feel the magic of the festive season.
Parents told the study researchers that had discovered some surprising requests in their children’s letters to Santa, including:
- Banning broccoli
- A device that translates meows from cats
- A pet whale
- A lifetime supply of chocolate
- Asking for a new planet
- Never-ending supply of cake
- Wanting Father Christmas to steal the sprouts from Christmas dinner
- Real ladders and pet snakes to play real-life “snakes and ladders” game
- A flying unicorn
- No more homework
Commenting on the service, EasyJet pilot Hannah Wells (pictured next to Santa), who is set to deliver letters from the U.K. to Lapland later this month said, “Christmas is a magical time for families and travelling somewhere festive, for some winter sun, or to see friends and family can make it really special. We hope our Letters to Santa postal service will bring some extra magic to the thousands of families travelling with us around the holidays and to schools in our local airport communities, where our fantastic cabin crew will be making sure that even more wishes are hand-delivered to Santa in time for Christmas.”