Jet2.com announces new summer flights to Innsbruck from Birmingham

The UK-based Leisure airline Jet2.com has announced summer flights to Innsbruck for the first time, with services on sale from Birmingham Airport for Summer 20.

The airline will operate flights to the Tyrolean capital between June and September for the first time. The announcement comes after the company’s first ever programme of ski services to Innsbruck, which start in December this year.

With the announcement, Jet2 has put 10,000 seats on sale from Birmingham Airport for its first programme of summer services to Innsbruck. This includes weekly Wednesday services which run from June 3 through to September 16.

Innsbruck is a beautiful Austrian city surrounded by high mountain ranges, alpine meadows stunning glittery lakes, and is popular among holidaymakers looking for wellness, adventure and sport. Medieval Innsbruck is also an attractive city break option, small enough to get around on foot, with a blend of modern cosmopolitan with tradition. The key attractions include museums such as Audioversum and the Grassmayr Bell Foundry, cafes serving traditional fare such as schnitzel and strudel, and the cobbled streets lined with bars and restaurants.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Innsbruck is the perfect fit for the growing number of people who are looking for adventure, scenery, and wellness on their holidays. Located in the heart of the Austrian Alps, local holidaymakers can choose from a whole host of activities from mountain biking and paragliding through to hiking, whilst being able to enjoy the unique blend of modern and old in Innsbruck itself. With perfectly timed flights and our award-winning service, we are expecting this programme to be hugely popular with holidaymakers from Birmingham Airport.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said, ‘It’s great that Jet2.com will be offering flights to Innsbruck throughout the summer months as well as winter, recognising the many wonderful things that customers can experience in this city in the Alps all year round. Once again, we applaud Jet2.com for growing the choice available for Midlands travellers.’

easyJet to commence new Verona service from Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport has said that easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, will commence a new year-round service to the Italian city of Verona starting this December.

The first flight will depart the Scottish airport for Verona on December 7, timed for ski options this winter. It will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays on an A320 aircraft.

On Tuesdays, the flight will depart Edinburgh at 06:35am reaching Verona at 10:05 am; while on Saturdays, the flight will depart Edinburgh at 17:25 – 20:55. For return, on Tuesdays the flight will depart Verona at 10:35 am, arriving Edinburgh at 12:05; while on Saturdays, the flight will depart Verona at 21:25 hours and arrive Edinburgh at 23:00 hours.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: ‘It’s great to see easyJet continue to grow at Edinburgh Airport by adding another new destination to its already extensive list, something that increases choice and flexibility for passengers.

‘We know there’s a desire to travel and take in the sights and culture of other cities across the world and we are always working to build and grow our destinations list. We also look forward to welcoming people from Verona to Scotland and showcasing what our fantastic country has to offer.’

Neil Slaven, easyJet’s UK Country Director, said: ‘We are really excited to have announced Scotland’s only direct winter connection from Edinburgh to Verona which will commence this December.

‘We remain committed to expanding our network from Scotland and this is a particularly exciting addition to our base at Edinburgh. We are confident it will provide a popular addition to easyJet’s network.

‘In total easyJet now serves 40 destinations from Edinburgh spanning the UK and Europe and this new route will complement our existing network of leisure and business flights.’

Jet2.com announces new ski destination from Birmingham Airport for winter 19/20

UK airline Jet2.com has announced a new ski destination to Innsbruck, giving skiers and snowboarders travelling from Birmingham Airport more choice for this winter.

Jet2.com has put a weekly Saturday service on sale to the capital city of the Tyrol region from December 21 until April 11, 2020.

Innsbruck – the host of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics – provides access to ski resorts such as Nordkette, Mutteralm, Axamer, Obergugl, Igls and Seefeld.

With the addition, Jet2.com will operate to five ski destinations in winter, the other four being Geneva, Grenoble, Salzburg and Turin, providing direct access to the French, Austrian, Swiss and Italian Alps.

Skiers and snowboarders will now have increased choice and flexibility, with over 55,000 ski seats on sale for winter 19/20 from Birmingham Airport.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We enjoyed another successful ski programme from Birmingham Airport last winter, and with skiers and snowboarders already looking ahead to Winter 19/20 so are we. With a brand new ski destination in Innsbruck, and more perfectly timed flights at the most popular times, we are putting on our best-ever ski programme. With more choice and flexibility, skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes for a weekend, a short break or for longer, whilst flying with our award-winning airline and benefitting from 22kg of baggage and ski allowance.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘Jet2.com in Birmingham is going from strength to strength and we welcome the announcement of another new route with the airline to Innsbruck, starting in December. I’m sure this will be welcomed by many thrill seekers looking to hit the slopes this winter, and we thank Jet2.com for continuing to invest in Birmingham to provide the connectivity to popular leisure destinations for our region.’ For the school holidays in February, the airline added more flights to Salzburg, and the company has added a second Saturday service to Geneva from early February until the end of March, Jet2.com said.

Jet2.com launches ski programme for winter 2019/20

Jet2.com, the UK-based flight and holiday company, has announced an expanded ski programme for winter 19/20, including ski flights from all UK bases.

In winter 2019, Jet2 will operate to seven top ski destinations: Geneva, Grenoble, Salzburg, Turin, Lyon, Verona and Barcelona (Andorra), giving skiers and snowboarders’ direct access to the French, Austrian, Swiss and Italian Alps as well as the Pyrenees.

With almost 400,000 departing seats on sale, the key ski programme for winter 19/20 includes: weekly Saturday services from Belfast International to Salzburg, with over 4,000 ski seats on sale; nearly 50,000 ski seats on sale with services from Birmingham to Geneva (three per week), Grenoble (two per week), Salzburg (one per week) and Turin (one per week); almost 20,000 seats available with weekly Saturday services from Edinburgh to Geneva, Salzburg and Turin; over 12,000 seats on sale with weekly Saturday services from East Midlands to Geneva and Salzburg; one weekly Saturday service from Glasgow to Grenoble and two weekly flights to Andorra (Barcelona), totally over 25,000 seats.

In addition, Jet2 will offer a total of over 80,000 seats from Leeds Bradford, operating seven services per week to Geneva, four to Andorra (Barcelona) as well as weekly services to Grenoble, Salzburg and Turin; a total of over 60,000 ski seats from London Stansted, offering up to seven weekly services to Geneva, two weekly services to Turin, and weekly Saturday services to Grenoble, Salzburg and Lyon. Further, the airline will offer 130,000 ski seats from Manchester to six ski destinations, including up to seven weekly flights to Geneva, four to Andorra (Barcelona), three to Grenoble and Turin, two to Salzburg and one to Lyon; and a weekly Saturday service from Newcastle to Grenoble, offering over 6,000 seats.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘This exciting programme means we have more seats on sale to the snow, with perfectly timed flights departing to seven fantastic ski destinations from across our nine UK bases. With more choice and flexibility, skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes for a weekend, a short break or for longer, whilst flying with our award-winning airline and benefitting from 22kg of baggage and ski allowance.’

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.

Jet2.com announces first Stansted ski schedule, half-price return ski carriage from across UK bases

The UK-based leisure airline Jet2.com is set to operate its first ski programme from Stansted Airport his winter, according to an online report.

The airline will operate up to 11 flights a week from Stansted to four ski destinations this winter. The schedule includes up to five weekly flights to Geneva, two weekly services to Lyon, up the three weekly services to Salzburg and one weekly service to Grenoble. Jet2, which commenced its operations from Stansted earlier this year, has already announced an expanded summer programme for 2018, the report noted.

Commenting on the move, Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and sister company Jet2holidays, reportedly said: ‘We are delighted to be launching ski flights from London Stansted Airport for the first time, offering customers the chance to reach the best slopes in Europe on our award-winning airline.

‘The launch of the first ever ski flights by Jet2.com from London Stansted to four exciting and popular destinations is fantastic news for winter sports enthusiasts from right across the East of England and London. I’m sure they will prove to be just as popular as the very successful summer 2017 flight programme as more and more skiers get the chance to hit the slopes from their local airport,’ Heapy said, adding: ‘With friendly flight times on a weekend, alongside 22kg of baggage and ski allowance, we’re confident of very busy and popular ski flights from London Stansted Airport this winter.’

In addition to the London Stansted ski carriage offer, Jet2.com is also offering half price return ski carriage from all nine of its UK bases. Starting September 19, 2017, Jet2 offers half price ski carriage on flights to Geneva, Grenoble, Salzburg, Turin and Lyon.

The promotional price applies for a new booking between September 19, 2017 and October 12, 2017. The service will be available for travel between November 30, 2017 and 30th April 2018 on any of the above routes.

British Airways announces new service to Innsbruck

British Airways has announced plans to offer skiers and other holidaymakers a chance to enjoy Austria with flights to Innsbruck from Heathrow starting on December 4.

The airline will operate a four-times-a-week service from Heathrow to Innsbruck during winter and twice-per-week during the summer season, with return fares starting from £88 in Euro Traveller and £338 in Club Europe. With the new service, skiers will now be able to fly to Innsbruck – the former Winter Olympic city – from two UK airports. The airline already operates direct flights from Gatwick to the Tyrolean capital, it said.

Neil Cottrell, British Airways’ head of planning, said: ‘We’ve launched 15 new routes already this year but now it’s time to turn our attention to the ski season.

‘We are sure the new route from Heathrow to Innsbruck will prove popular with those looking to hit the slopes this winter as it offers ideal access to some of the very best ski resorts in Europe, including Mayrhofen, Alpbach and Niederau.

‘Innsbruck is also a popular tourist destination for non-skiers and the service will launch just in time for the picture-perfect Christmas markets.’

During winter, starting December 4, the Innsbruck service from Heathrow will operate on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The winter-only Innsbruck service from Gatwick operates on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. During summer, starting March 29, 2017 the Innsbruck service from Heathrow will operate on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

Flights will depart from Terminal 5 and the route will be served by a two-class cabin A320 aircraft. Customers choosing a ‘Plus’ or ‘Plus Flex’ fare can check their ski equipment in for free as part of their 23kg baggage allowance, as well as the hand luggage allowance of one cabin bag and a handbag or laptop bag per person. 

The other routes launched by British Airways this year include San Jose in California, Palermo, Biarritz and Kalamata from Heathrow and San Jose in Costa Rica, Lima and JFK from Gatwick. Flights to Cape Town from Gatwick will operate from November 24 and services to Santiago from Heathrow will start from January 3, 2017, the airline said.

Norwich International Airport announces new Swiss ski programme this winter

Norwich International Airport has announced the launch of a new Swiss ski programme this winter, offering UK holidaymakers a VIP style ski holiday in Switzerland.

Offered by OSKA Travel in the trade name of TOPSKISWISS.COM, the first flight is scheduled for Saturday January 17, 2015 with six weekly departures running through to February 21, 2015 including a direct charter to Berne Airport in Switzerland, the gateway to the Swiss Alps mountain ranges.

Flights will be operated by InterSky airlines with the newly designed 70 seat ATR aircraft, which includes catering. Accommodation will be arranged in high class hostels to five- star hotels in Interlaken and Grindelwald, part of the Jungfrau ski region – a ski destination in Switzerland.

Offering some of the most spectacular scenery of the Alps, with over 214km of slopes, featuring the world famous downhill tracks – the Lauberhorn course – and two lakes, the region offers unique skiing experiences for both beginners and experienced skiers. For non-Skiers the region has over 100km of winter footpaths for visitors to explore.

Andreas F. Forsthuber, director of OSKA Travel, said, ‘with these new offers we give our UK clientele the once in a lifetime chance to experience a VIP style ski holiday in Switzerland at affordable costs – and this with all comfort, even free transfer between airport and hotel included and, of course, fully ATOL protected.’

Andrew Bell, chief executive of Norwich International Airport, said, ‘Our objective is to provide an ever increasing range of top quality destinations and product to the holidaymakers in our region. The addition of ski holidays in Switzerland this winter is fantastic news for local holidaymakers and provides further choice from their local airport.’

 

Top winter destination 2012: Mayrhofen

Mayrhofen in Austria makes a wonderful choice for your 2012 ski holiday as it has a perfect balance of traditional Austrian buildings and cuisine.

But venture out at night and you’ll find the liveliest après ski scene in the region, with an abundance of bars and clubs for you to enjoy yourself after a long day on the slopes.

If however, you are wishing to avoid the après ski hype, this versatile place is still perfect for you as the bars are present but not dominating and if a nice meal and a bottle of wine is more your thing this Tyrolean town is more than happy to oblige with the abundance of fine eateries in the town.

There are three main ski areas for you to explore including the Hintertux glacier which guarantees somewhere to ski all year round.

There are plenty of pistes perfect for beginners but also enough to satisfy the intermediates and for the experts among you what a treat; if you think you can handle it you can test your skills on the famous Harikri run which at a 78% gradient is the steepest piste in Austria and translates as ‘suicide’ in Japanese!

Mayrhofen has been the first choice for skiers and boarders for years due to the endless pistes, Austrian charm and in some bars in the high street you can buy a pint for €2 but there is also plenty to do for non-skiers as well. Think horse drawn sleigh rides, tobogganing, ice skating and there are plenty spa facilities, for those who fancy a bit of pampering.

No matter what your age, the charming Austrian resort of Mayrhofen has something offer for everyone and will make the perfect choice for your 2012 ski holiday.

Article by Lauren Probert

Top 5 Must Visit Ski Destinations for 2012

With Christmas just around the corner, now is the ideal time to book your ski break for early 2012 so here are some of our top ski destinations for the New Year for you to enjoy some time on the slopes and  après ski!

Mayrhofen, Austria

The beautiful resort of Mayrhofen is one of the most popular resorts in Europe and it’s not hard to see why! With plenty to do for skiers and non-skiers alike, the resort has slopes for beginners, intermediates and experts alike as well as excellent ski schools for you to brush up on your skills. It’s also renowned for its nightlife with bars, restaurants and live music every night.

Meribel, France

Trendy yet traditional, Meribel is a purpose built French resort full of charming chalets with slopes to suit skiers of all abilities. It’s ideal for families with plenty of activities for the kids and a number of slopes adapted to make them safer for younger skiers.

Arinsal, Andorra

Andorra is one of the smallest countries in Europe and is set in the heart of the Pyrenees. It’s an ideal location for beginners due to its gentler slopes and excellent ski schools, and if its après ski you’re after the resort gets very lively of a night time.

Nevis Range, Scotland

If money’s tight, stick to the UK! Scotland is a great place for a ski break and the Nevis range is home to Britain’s only mountain gondola. There are 24 runs in total with ski and snowboard lessons available for skiers of all abilities and ages.

Aspen, USA

Famous for its slopes for decades, if you’re heading across the pond for your ski break Aspen in Colorado is a must visit. Popular with the rich and famous (many celebrities have holiday homes here), the resort has varied slopes to suit all abilities and is rich in history and character. There are 4 peaks, with plenty of trails so that you never have to do the same run twice.

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