Budget travel firm easyJet has announced a fun new postal service for letters to Santa Claus at select airports across the UK.

This new service comes as the airline braces itself for around 200,000 families travelling during the festive period.

The new service launches today (Monday, December 4), allowing those passing through a number of airports to write and post a letter to Saint Nicholas himself.

The company is also providing a special letter collection service for local schools near the select airports.

Speaking of the scheme, easyJet pilot Hannah Wells said: “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.”

While half of the people travelling this Christmas are flying to see friends and family, one in five are opting to escape the snow and cold weather for a sunshine break, according to the airline's own research.

What airports will have easyJet's letters for Santa post boxes?

The special easyJet post boxes for letters to Santa will be available for travellers passing through London Gatwick, Luton, Bristol and Manchester.

There will also be post boxes available at popular foreign airports like Paris Charles de Gaulle, Naples, and Milan.

According to the travel company, it is operating its biggest-ever schedule from the UK to Lapland with services to Rovaniemi taking place up to four times a week from Bristol, London Gatwick, Luton, Edinburgh, and Manchester, and to Kittila up to two times a week from London Gatwick and Manchester.

In recent weeks, the airline has also announced several new flight routes to and from European airports, linking flyers with some of the continent's biggest Christmas markets.

Find out more on the easyJet website ahead of your flight this festive season.