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.’

SWISS announces new service to Bristol from Zurich from February 2023

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is expanding its portfolio of destinations for the coming winter season with a new service to Bristol in Southern England, served from Zurich.

Bristol will be served once weekly starting from February 4, 2023. The new service will be operated with SWISS Airbus A220 equipment and the Embraer E190 aircraft of wet-lease partner Helvetic Airways.

‘Given this summer’s difficult operating situation throughout Europe’s air transport sector, we are focusing on further stabilizing our SWISS services in the coming winter schedules,’ said Chief Commercial Officer Tamur Goudarzi Pour. ‘In doing so, we’ll be offering our customers a range of flights that’s actually more extensive than it was before the pandemic. In Europe in particular we’re providing an attractive choice of destinations for the colder season. At the same time, though, we’ve been conservative in our planning and have reduced our flight programme by a number of frequencies, to ensure that we can keep our schedules as stable as possible.’

Rupert Lawrie, Commercial Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with the announcement of SWISS offering customers their first ever direct service between Zurich and Bristol commencing February 2023. This is a major milestone in our business recovery in welcoming a new scheduled airline to Bristol Airport and shows consumer confidence is returning after the Covid impact the aviation industry has suffered in recent years. We look forward to working with SWISS and developing this important route in the future.’

The 2022/23 SWISS winter schedules are now available on www.swiss.com. The winter timetable period runs from October 30, 2022 to March 26, 2023.

Nuance Group adds more services at Zurich Airport

The Nuance Group has made a major overhaul of its services available at Zurich Airport.

The company said that it has made a series of new investments in its retail portfolio at Zurich Airport. It has added a string of new speciality stores such as Atelier, Tommy Hilfiger, La Prairie and Swatch. It has also expanded its Walk Through Duty Free concept, which it says was a huge draw with customers.

TRBusiness.com said that the Walk Through Duty Free area, which has already been open for some time, has now been extended to offer new product categories such as perfume & cosmetics boutiques, fashion accessories, sunglasses, and a new technology area where Apple products are on display.

In addition, the company has also maintained its focus on beauty products and services, with services tailored to suit departing Swiss locals and mainland Europeans and the increasing numbers of travellers from Asia. The new additions also include 20-plus square metres of ‘best-in-class boutique areas’ where leading brands such as Chanel, Dior, Lancome, and Estee Lauder offer their services. Brands such as Sisley, Kanebo and Shiseido also offer their premium wares, and travellers are pampered with fashion accessories from Guess and Furla, while the sunglasses section carries brands that include Prada, Gucci, Armani and Silhouette.

Andrea Belardini, CEO Europe, said, ‘We are pleased with our latest achievements, in particular bringing the P&C area into a totally new level and delivering creativity and innovation in speciality, as witnesses through our new Atelier concept, which we are planning to roll out also in our other locations.’

The Nuance Group has been a key retail partner for Zurich Airport and it opened its first store there over 50 years ago. It now has nearly 40 outlets at the Swiss airport, including duty free and tax free shops, brand boutiques and concept stores.