New airline powdair has launched a new winter schedule that connects eight destinations in the UK, Germany and Belgium with Sion Airport in Switzerland.
As part of its winter 2017 schedule, the new airline will offer skiers and snowboarders across the UK, Northern Germany and the Benelux Countries an opportunity to reach the heart of Switzerland’s winter sport region, the Valais, quickly and efficiently. The eight airports that will be served by powdair are – London Luton, London Southend, Southampton, Bristol, Manchester and Edinburgh as well as Antwerp and Hamburg. Flight times are typically between 1 hour 25 minutes and two hours from the UK airports.
The new services, which will commence from December 14, 2017, will reduce transfer times to some of Switzerland’s most popular ski resorts for winter sports enthusiasts including Zermatt, Verbier, Saas Fee, Crans Montana and Nendaz. A wide range of transfer options from Sion Airport to onward destinations are available to book at the point of ticket purchase, including shared and private journeys to the major resorts in the region. Tickets are now available to book through its website, powdair.ski.
Aline Bovier-Gantzer from Sion Airport said: ‘We are really excited to welcome powdair into Sion and fly to new destinations in the UK, Germany and Belgium. The chance to bring in winter sports tourists into Sion Airport is a great opportunity for the region and we are looking forward to welcoming our new guests here. Our airport is ideally located to easily reach the well-known ski resorts in the Valais and we hope that it will also provide a link from Sion to destinations such as London and Edinburgh as well.’
Zoë Ombler, Head of Commercial for powdair, said: ‘It’s not every day that we get to launch an airline and especially one that opens up a completely new route into an airport that is so close to some of the world’s best ski resorts. The response we have already seen on social media shows the kind of interest people have in the area and regular, scheduled flights into Sion are long overdue. Every winter sports enthusiast knows about the sheer quality of ski resorts in the Valais region and we are proud to be able to help our customers reach those resorts faster than any other available option.’
A single class airline registered in Dublin, Ireland, powdair will operate two aircraft from its base in Sion, Switzerland with average fare prices around £140. The ticket price includes baggage allowances of up to 23 kg luggage and skis/snowboard.