British Airways commences new ski routes from Manchester

British Airways has announced the launch of ski flights from Manchester Airport to Salzburg and Chambery.

The two new winter-only flights from Manchester will operate every Saturday until April to Salzburg in Austria and Chambery in France. All flights will operate on Embraer 190 jet aircraft. Basic each way fares to both cities from £49 are available to book on www.ba.com.

Flights to Salzburg will operate every Saturday departing Manchester at 1305 hours, arriving in Salzburg at 1620 hours, with the return flight at 1710 hours, arriving in Manchester at 1730 hours. Flights to Chambery will operate every Saturday departing Manchester at 0007 hours arriving in Chambery at 1000 hours, with the return flight at 1055 hours, arriving in Manchester at 1200 hours.

In May, British Airways launched seven new summer-only routes from Manchester to holiday destinations in Europe as well as London City, offering more than 35,000 extra seats from the North West. The airline will start new services to Florence and Dublin from Manchester in May 2018.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: ‘We are delighted to follow our successful summer programme from Manchester with these new direct services to two of the most popular snow destinations in Austria and France. They are also brilliant winter break destinations even for those who don’t ski!’

Club Europe and eligible Executive Club customers will have access to the rooftop British Airways Terraces Lounge at Manchester Airport. Club customers will also receive complimentary food and drinks on board, free baggage allowance, free seat selection and on-line check-in, the airline said.

British Airways launches new Chambery route from Stansted

British Airways has announced the launch of new flight services starting December 17 to the French Alpine city of Chambery from Stansted, offering winter sports a direct access to some of Europe’s top snow resorts tomorrow.

The winter only flights from Stansted to Chambery will operate until April 16, 2017. Flights depart from Stansted at 07.20 hours returning at 10.50 hours am on Saturdays and at 08.20 hours returning at 11.50 hours on Sundays.

The weekend flights will give customers access to snow and ski resorts like Val d’Isere, La Plagne, Meribel and Courchevel. Each way fares are available for £49 on www.ba.com. Other fares that include ski carriage are also available.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: ‘British Airways has enjoyed a very successful first summer at Stansted and we are delighted to launch Chambery, our first winter-only service offering skiers and winter sports enthusiasts a gateway to one of the best Alpine snow regions direct from their doorstep.’

Mats Sigurdson, Stansted’s Aviation Director, said: ‘It’s fantastic news for passengers that British Airways is launching an exciting new route to Chambery to serve the Alpine ski resorts of France. The announcement is a real vote of confidence in Stansted and recognition of the strong demand that exists across the region and will provide passengers with even more opportunities to fly from their local airport this winter.’

The new twice-weekly service to Chambery is in addition to the British Airways service from London City Airport that operates three times a week, which is expected to increase to a daily service over the Christmas holiday period. All British Airways flights include a choice of two cabins, Club Europe and Euro Traveller.

British Airways started flying from Stansted for the first time in May this year, adding a fourth London airport to its network. The airline currently operates from the three other major London Airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and London City.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport announces new winter destination, Chambery

Doncaster Sheffield Airport has announced the Chambery in the Rhone-Alps region of south eastern France as the latest route in its Flybe winter programme, starting from December 17, 2016.

Given its proximity to Mont Blanc, Chambery – the gateway to a number of Alpine ski resorts – offers easy access to some of the finest slopes and facilities for the winter-sports lovers of Yorkshire. Chambery also offers increased tourism options being next to Lake Bourget, offering scenic views through walking routes as well being a historical city centre.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to be adding a further destination to our Flybe winter programme in Chambery, coming swiftly on the back of announcing Dusseldorf to our new routes with Flybe. Being able to offer a winter sports destination as part of our winter programme is a great addition to our offer to customers alongside traditional getaway favourites like Alicante, Tenerife and Malaga.’

‘The new Flybe routes will offer an additional 500,000 seats and with growth from our incumbent airlines, we are predicting double-digit growth in 2016 with passenger figures rising to 1.35 million this year,’ added Gill.

Flybe’s chief revenue officer, Vincent Hodder, commented: ‘As Europe’s largest regional airline, we specialise in connecting the UK regions to Europe so we are pleased to add to our already extensive winter schedule from Doncaster Sheffield, these two additional routes to Dusseldorf and Chambery. We see them as a natural addition to our network from our new base and are confident that they will prove attractive options both for business travel and for winter getaways.’

With the new Chambery route and the recently announced Dusseldorf route, Flybe’s new base in Yorkshire at Doncaster Sheffield Airport will serve 10 winter destinations.

Starting December 17, 2016, flights to Chambery will operate once a week on Saturdays. Tickets are now available for booking, with one way fares available for booking at www.flybe.com from £44.99 including taxes and charges.

The new Dusseldorf service will operate four times a week with Amsterdam, Paris, Alicante and Malaga remaining unchanged for the winter and Berlin increasing to daily. Faro and Newquay will be replaced with the two new popular winter routes, while capacity to Jersey will reduce to three times weekly in winter, the airport said in its release.