If you are thinking about booking a ski holiday, it’s likely that you are considering the safest way to travel to a ski resort next year. Of course, it’s almost impossible to predict exactly what the situation will be in terms of international travel in a few months. However, most European border restrictions seem to be loosening over the next 2-4 weeks, so it’s looking promising that travel will be possible by the time winter rolls around.
Many ski companies have seen an upturn in enquiries including minimal contact transport options, such as self-driving, ferry or channel tunnel options.
However, air travel is likely to remain the most popular choice for those looking to get to the mountains.
It’s currently looking like some airlines are planning to ramp up operations again over the next few weeks. For example, easyJet have announced their intention to to resume flights on some routes from 15 June, of course with additional safety measures in place. easyJet have illustrated how they expect the process to look in this video:
To begin with, routes will be limited (mostly domestic UK and France, but also including Geneva), but as time goes on and lockdown measures ease across other countries, they do intend to add further routes.
In terms of the safety of air travel, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have issued a set of guidelines aiming to help ensure passengers are as protected as possible. This will include the requirement for passengers and crew to wear face masks throughout their journey, restrictions on hand luggage, reduced food services and no toilet queues.
It is believed that most airlines and airports will be happy to adopt these guidelines, which are extensive and intend to prevent spread of the pandemic at every stage of the air travel process. It is hoped that this will allow air travel to resume semi-normal operations soon and by winter we’ll be flying out to the mountains once more.