Jet2 launches Winter 25/26 Ski Programme from London Stansted

Jet2 has unveiled its Winter 25/26 Ski Programme, offering an array of ski destinations for snow enthusiasts departing from London Stansted Airport.

The programme boasts direct flights to four premier ski destinations: Chambery, Geneva, Grenoble, and Salzburg. Commencing in December 2025 and extending throughout the winter season, travellers can experience the slopes of the French, Austrian, and Swiss Alps.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘With four ski destinations on sale, we are giving skiers and snowboarders the chance to book ahead and get access to some of the best ski resorts in Europe. ‘Whether it is for a weekend, short break or longer, we are offering snow sports enthusiasts plenty of choice and flexibility to hit the slopes.

‘Skiers and snowboarders travelling with Jet2.com next winter can take advantage of our VIP customer service and 22kg of baggage and ski allowance and, for this reason, we expect our Winter 25/26 Ski programme to be a huge success.’

Neringa Ohrstrom, Head of Brand and Marketing at London Stansted, said: ‘The launch of Jet2.com’s winter 25/26 ski programme is great news for the airport and perfect for skiers who wish to visit the best resorts in the Alps. London Stansted offers more European destinations than any other UK airport flying to the finest ski areas across the continent, making it the ideal starting point for a wonderful winter sports holiday.’

The full ski programme offers:

* Chambery: Up to three weekly services, providing swift access to renowned French ski resorts, including Courchevel, the host of the 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

* Geneva: With up to five weekly flights during peak times, Geneva offers access to premier ski resorts such as Tignes, Flaine, Verbier, Zermatt, and the Three Valleys, catering to quick getaways with weekday flight options.

* Salzburg: Weekly Saturday services to Salzburg open doors to the Austrian Alps and over 300 resorts, including Kaprun, Mayrhofen, and Obertauern.

* Grenoble: Weekly Saturday services to Grenoble serve as the perfect gateway to the French Alps, granting access to over 175 exceptional ski resorts, including Morzine, Chamonix, Chamrousse, Les Deux Alpes, Alpe d’Huez, and Avoriaz.

Passengers can expect a seamless travel experience with Jet2.com, enjoying VIP customer service and a generous baggage and ski allowance of 22kg. This commitment to customer satisfaction sets the stage for an unforgettable skiing adventure.

easyJet announces new winter routes and holidays to Alps

easyJet has unveiled the launch of four new winter routes from three UK airports.

London Stansted will introduce two brand-new routes to Geneva and Zurich in Switzerland, commencing on December 16, with twice-weekly flights throughout the winter season.

Another new route is from London Southend Airport to Grenoble, commencing on January 14 and operating once a week throughout the winter season. Nestled in the French Alps, Grenoble boasts cable cars that connect the town to the summit of La Bastille hill, named after the 18th-century fortress on its slopes.

Further, easyJet is launching a new route from Birmingham to Salzburg in Austria. It’s an ideal gateway to exploring the Eastern Alps and the birthplace of the famous composer Mozart. This route begins on January 13, 2024, and operates once a week throughout the winter season.

Flights for the newly launched winter routes are available for booking on easyJet.com and the mobile app, with prices (one way per person including taxes) starting from:

* London Southend to Grenoble from £24.99

* Birmingham to Salzburg from £29.99

* London Stansted to Zurich from £32.99

* London Stansted to Geneva from £35.99

Additionally, easyJet holidays has introduced new packages for Geneva, Zurich, and Salzburg:

* A three-night stay at the 4* ibis Geneve Centra Lac in Geneva on a Bed & Breakfast basis, including 23kg of luggage per person and flights from London Stansted on January 13, 2024, is available for £345 per person.

* A three-night stay at the 4* Placid Hotel Design & Lifestyle Zurich in Zurich on a Room Only basis, including 23kg of luggage per person and flights from London Stansted on March 9, 2024, is priced at £324 per person.

* A seven-night stay at the 4* Best Western Plus Amedia Art Salzburg in Salzburg on a Room Only basis, including 23kg of luggage per person and flights from Birmingham on February 3, 2024, is offered at £367 per person.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, commented: ‘We’re delighted to be launching even more new routes and holidays from our airports across the UK to a range of fantastic destinations, providing even more choice for our customers this winter who are looking to visit the Alps region whether that’s for skiing and other winter sports, or soaking in the culture and we can’t wait to welcome more customers on board.’

easyJet announces flights to return from Newcastle to Geneva

easyJet has said that it has resumed its service between Newcastle International Airport and Geneva.

The new flights will commence from December 10, 2022 with twice weekly departures on Wednesday and Saturday throughout the winter season until 22 March 2023, providing customers in the North East with direct connections to Switzerland this winter. Tickets are on sale at easyJet.com and via its mobile app from £24.99.

Located on the southern shore of Lake Geneva with a mountainous backdrop, Geneva is an ideal base to adventure the Alps, being within easy reach of many Swiss and French ski resorts including Zermatt and Chamonix.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are delighted to be operating from Newcastle to Geneva once again for the winter, providing a convenient direct connection for our customers in the North East to explore and enjoy one of Europe’s most beautiful winter destinations all for our famous low fares.’

Leon McQuaid, Director of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport said: ‘We are pleased to welcome easyJet’s, twice weekly, winter service to Geneva back to Newcastle International Airport from 10 December 2022 until 22 March 2023. The return of this service demonstrates the airline’s confidence in the North East’s largest airport and provides north east passengers with even more choice when travelling to this popular ski destination.’

easyJet serves 22 UK airports, offering over 461 routes to over 133 destinations from the UK to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

easyJet begins new flight services to Geneva from Bournemouth

Bournemouth Airport has announced that easyJet has commenced new seasonal flights to Geneva starting Saturday, December 18, offering another destination for a winter or spring break and some of the best skiing in Europe.

While Geneva is a popular ski destination, the Swiss capital also has an old town with cobbled streets, gothic architecture and ancient city walls to explore, plus lakeside promenades and cafes, all over-looked by stunning snow-capped mountains. The flights to the Swiss city will operate up to four times a week between now and 26th March next year.

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘Geneva is the gateway to the Alps and a beautiful destination, and easyjet’s regular flights make it easy to get back to the slopes this winter.

‘It’s the latest winter holiday destination available from Bournemouth Airport so if you’re looking for snow, sun or a European city break, there’s plenty of choice from your local airport.’

Bournemouth Airport now has 36 destinations in 16 countries in its schedule. Countries reached directly from the airport include Barbados (fly/cruise), Croatia (Zadar), Cyprus (Paphos), France (Bergerac), Greece (Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes, Zante), Hungary (Budapest), Italy (Lake Como, Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore), Ireland (Dublin), Lapland (Enontekio, Pajala, Ivalo), Norway (fly-cruise) Poland (Krakow, Wroclaw), Portugal (Faro, Lisbon), Spain (Alicante, Girona, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Murcia, Tenerife), and Switzerland (Geneva).

British Airways announces launch of Munich flights from London City

British Airways has announced the launch of a year-round service from London City Airport to Munich starting February next year.

The new thrice-a-day service will start on February 16, 2018. With the new service, British Airways will offer four German routes from London City, with each-way hand baggage only fares to Munich from £59.

In addition, British Airways will also add extra winter frequency on Berlin, Dublin and Prague routes from November 10 this year and to Geneva from December. Return flights to Berlin will go up to 18 a week, Dublin to 38 a week, Prague to seven a week and Geneva to 16 a week from December.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: ‘As promised we are adding more choice for our customers at London City Airport with a new route and extra frequency to four of our most popular destinations.

‘The addition of Munich to our schedule complements our existing flights to Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt and means that we will be flying 82 return flights a week to Germany direct from the Docklands this winter. The new route will increase the number of British Airways’ destinations from London City Airport to 34.’

Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: ‘A three-times-a-day Munich service is a further commitment to London City Airport operations by our home carrier, hot on the heels of the recent Rome announcement and BA CityFlyer’s fleet investment.

‘Munich is a German powerhouse for business, with Siemens a case in point for how this new route will expedite trade and investment between the cities. It is also an attractive leisure destination, evidenced right now as Bavarians and tourists celebrate the height of Oktoberfest. With the introduction of Munich to LCY’s route map, we are continuing to keep London connected to major European cities that we know passengers will love.’

British Airways announced in August that it will be adding four new aircraft to its fleet based at London City, as well as starting a new daily service to Rome and adding a fifth daily year-round service to Zurich in October. The year-round Rome route will commence on November 11, with one-way hand baggage only fares from £55.

Flybe launches first phase of 2019 summer schedule from Cardiff Airport

Flybe, the European regional airline, has announced the first phase of its 2019 summer schedule from Cardiff, offering a range of destinations for both leisure and business customers, Wales’ national airport said in a release.

As part of the first phase of Flybe’s summer 2019 schedule at Cardiff Airport, the airline will increase its services to Paris Charles de Gaulle to 10 return flights a week, and five return flights a week to Glasgow; extend ski flights to Chambery and Geneva until the end of April for Easter; and introduce popular routes to Faro, Venice, Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino and key business routes including Belfast City, Dublin and Edinburgh. The announcement of extra flights to Paris and Glasgow comes after increased demand for these destinations, and further capacity will be added when the second phase is released in the coming weeks, the airline said.

Allowing customers to plan early, seats are now on sale at flybe.com and are currently available for travel to and from Cardiff between March 31 and June 16, 2019. All routes will be operated on three aircraft now based at Cardiff Airport. Details of schedules will be available at www.flybe.com.

Flybe CCO, Roy Kinnear, commented: ‘We have listened to our customers’ feedback and know that many like to plan their travel far in advance. Our new schedule features many of our most popular high frequency services and also highlights Flybe’s ongoing commitment to unparalleled connectivity from regional airports to destinations across the UK, Europe and beyond.’

Cardiff Airport’s CEO, Deb Barber, added: ‘It’s great to see Flybe adding flights for Summer 2019 on sale early, giving our customers that extra time to plan, book and benefit from great fares.’

Flybe, which opened its Cardiff base in 2015, offers multiple opportunities for onward travel either with its own services or via its 11 code share partner airlines. The options are available via the ‘One Stop to the World’ link at http://onestop.flybe.com/en-GB/flights.

Jet2 launches new ski routes from Birmingham Airport

Jet2 has recently announced services to four top ski destinations – Geneva, Grenoble, Salzburg and Turin -from Birmingham Airport, giving skiers and snowboarders’ access to slopes in the French, Swiss, Austrian and Italian Alps and over 600 resorts to choose from across the four destinations.

Jet2’s ski programme from Birmingham Airport offers more than 40,000 ski seats, including up to three weekly services to Geneva with over 14,000 seats, giving access to 270 resorts including Tignes, Flaine and Verbier; twice weekly services to Turin on Saturday and Sunday offering nearly 12,000 seats, providing access to 214 ski resorts including Pila, Vars and Le Corbier; weekly Saturday services to Salzburg 4,500 seats, giving access to 130 ski resorts including Alpbach, Kaprun, Mayrhofen and Obertauern and a weekend service to Grenoble on Saturdays until February, when a Sunday service will be added, with almost 10,000 seats and access to 178 resorts including Morzine, Chamonix and Avoriaz.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are thrilled to be launching our ski programme from Birmingham Airport, giving local people access to the best slopes in the French, Swiss, Austrian and Italian Alps. We know that skiers want choice and flexibility, so that’s exactly what we have provided with these four top ski destinations from Birmingham Airport.

‘With great snow conditions so far this season, customers can also take advantage of our friendly low fares and 22kg of baggage and ski allowance, whilst enjoying our award winning service as they head to this fresh snow.’

Fares to Salzburg start at £39 per person, to Grenoble at £37 per person, to Geneva at £25 per person and to Turin at £27 per person, all fares including taxes, the airline said.

Norwich Airport announces new flights to Alicante, Malaga and Geneva

Norwich International Airport has announced new flights to Alicante, Malaga and Geneva after airport operated Regional & City Airports (RCA) completed an agreement to guarantee winter and summer flights.

RCA, the UK regional airport operator, has strengthened its strategic association with Flybe to introduce year-round scheduled holiday flights at Norwich Airport with seats available for booking from early November after the release of Flybe’s 2016 summer schedule.

The partnership will see the return of scheduled sunshine flights to Norwich for the first time in almost a decade. Year round services from Norwich Airport to Alicante and Malaga will start in March 2016, while the new flight service to Geneva is expected later in 2016.

Sir Peter Rigby, chairman and founder of RCA owners Rigby Group, said: ‘Since taking ownership of Norwich Airport a year ago we have been firm on our commitment to invest in the future of the site. Today, with a milestone agreement guaranteeing the continued operation of scheduled winter and summer holiday routes from the airport, we have underlined that determination with some very concrete results.

‘I am confident that this announcement, which provides tangible proof of the exciting future facing Norwich, will be just first of many positive developments.’

Andrew Bell, who heads up RCA (Regional and City Airports), the airport management division of Rigby Group PLC and owners of Norwich, said: ‘This is a tremendously exciting time. For nine years the issue of reviving scheduled sunshine flights from Norwich has been the number one priority issue raised by our customers, and to see them return from 2016 will be hugely welcomed across the region.’

With the agreement, one of Flybe’s Embraer 195 aircraft will return to the skies and will be used more frequently by the airport. The initial destinations will be available for booking next month, and RCA will investigate the possibility of adding extra routes in case of continued demand, the airport said.