A new airline offering multiple routes from eight airports in the UK, Germany and Belgium to Sion airport in Switzerland has put tickets on sale for winter 2017-18.
A spokesperson for the new ‘powdair’ airline said that prices would remain, “completely transparent with very little fluctuation across peak dates,” (when most airlines raise ticket prices dramatically as availability falls as routes gets booked up) but added that this meant peak dates such as school holiday periods were booking up fast.
powdair is a single class airline and average fare prices will be around £140 each way with a baggage allowances of 23kg luggage and skis / snowboard carriage included in ticket price.
The skier’s airline, registered in Dublin, Ireland and based in Sion, the heart of Switzerland’s Valais winter sports region, will offer flights from December 14, 2017 from Luton, Southend, Southampton, Bristol, Manchester and Edinburgh as well as Antwerp and Hamburg.
Flying in to Sion means skiers should see significantly reduced transfer times to some of Switzerland’s most popular ski resorts including Zermatt, Verbier, Saas Fee, Crans Montana and Nendaz than when travelling through Geneva, the Powdair spokesperson said.
“It’s not every day that we get to launch an airline and especially one that opens up a completely new route into an airport that is so close to some of the world’s best ski resorts,” said Zoë Ombler, Head of Commercial for powdair, who added, “The response we have already seen shows the kind of interest people have in the area and regular, scheduled flights into Sion are long overdue. Every winter sports enthusiast knows about the sheer quality of ski resorts in the Valais region and we are proud to be able to help our customers reach those resorts faster than any other available option.”
powdair will be operating two aircraft from its base in Sion, Switzerland. The airline is privately owned with a management team based in Ireland and Switzerland. Flight times are typically between 1 hour 25 minutes and 2 hours from the UK airports.
“The new flight routes with powdair will make it even easier for skiers and snowboarders from Great Britain, Germany and the Benelux Countries to visit the Valais and we very much welcome this new initiative,” said Marcelline Kuonen, Head of Experience and Market Management at Valais Promotion.