British Airways and easyJet have both announced plans to launch new flights catering to British skiers this winter.
On 16 December, the British flag carrier will kick off a new service connecting Stansted Airport with Chambery – a gateway to popular Alpine ski resorts including Meribel, Courcheval and La Plagne. BA started flying from Stansted for the first time in May this year and currently links the London hub with Berlin, Faro, Ibiza, Malaga and Palma.
The twice-weekly service to Chambery will complement the existing BA service to the French airport from London City Airport, which operates three times a week, increasing to a daily service over the Christmas and New Year period.
In addition, easyJet has announced plans launch a new service to Sweden, which it says should be “especially popular with skiers and snowboarders”.
From 11 December, the budget airline will operate once weekly flights direct between Gatwick Airport and Are Ostersund Airport, which is located in Sweden’s Jamtland province, about 350 miles (560km) northwest of Stockholm. The area’s mountains have hosted high-profile events such as the Alpine World Championships.
“We are very excited to be working with easyJet on this new direct route to Are Ostersund Airport and Sweden’s top alpine ski resorts,” said Ami Hovstadius, managing director of VisitSweden UK.
“More people are travelling to Sweden from the UK than ever before with the Swedish lifestyle, Scandi food and Nordic Noir proving irresistible. Sweden’s mountain region of Jamtland Harjedalen boasts not only with the country’s best ski resorts, like Are and Vemdalen, but also has an abundance of winter outdoor activities and delicious food. We really look forward to welcoming the British holidaymaker to experience our winter lifestyle.”