A new start-up airline will connect six UK airports and two European ones to some of the most popular ski resorts in Switzerland this coming winter. The airline is even offering a season ticket, with the chance to buy multiple tickets for a specific route at a 20% discount.
Powdair is an independent airline that has just been set up by a group of savvy skiers and snowboarders. It’s on a mission to connect you with your favourite winter resorts. Commencing in December 2017, the company will run flights from Edinburgh, Manchester, Southampton, Bristol, London Luton, London Southend, Hamburg and Deurne (Antwerp), to the small airport in Sion—which is at the very heart of the Valais region. From there, snow sports fanatics can access over five of the most popular ski resorts in Switzerland including: Verbier, Saas-Fee, Crans-Montana, Zermatt and Nendaz.
Gone are the days of flying into one of Switzerland’s much busier airports before embarking on a two or three hour transfer journey to your destination…We’ve planned our routes and our timetable with short breaks in mind; no one said ski holidays had to be one week long after all.
A glimpse into the small airport in Sion:
Such short breaks can now be possible thanks to the carrier offering high-frequency routes to and from UK destinations. Luton will run five flights a week, Southampton (four) Bristol (three) and Edinburgh and Manchester (two).
Alongside this, powdair is also offering a frequent flyer package and airport transfers. If you’re a regular skier, have family in the area or own a chalet, the powdair Season Pass gives you the chance to buy 10, 20 or 30 tickets in advance with a 20% discount. Likewise, its transfer service offers fliers seamless access straight to the resort from the airport. You can either choose a mini-van or choose a ride in its own Telsa electric car.
Powdair plan to run flights until April 2018 and prices range from £300-£400 return during the course of the season. If its first season is successful, it plans to then continue its service.
Assuming our 2017/18 winter season goes well, then we have every intention of continuing to operate flights throughout the year. Our summer timetable will probably offer different destinations to our winter programme, with a different flight frequency too.
The launch of powdair is certainly an exciting venture, especially as it’s a small independent competing against the big established brands. But, given the founders have snowsports in their blood, I think the snow community will rally behind them to make this a success.
Featured image of a powdair airline. Photo: powdair Facebook page