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New airline launches, opening up routes into heart of the Swiss Alps

25th June 2017 Print

New airline powdair has launched ticket sales through its website with a winter schedule that links Sion Airport with eight destinations in the UK, Germany and Belgium.

The skiers airline, based in Sion – the heart of Switzerland's winter sport region, the Valais, will offer skiers and snowboarders across the UK, Northern Germany and the Benelux Countries the chance to reach some of the world's most famous winter sports resorts quickly and efficiently. 

Flights commence from December 14, 2017 and will significantly cut transfer times to some of Switzerland's most popular ski resorts for winter sports enthusiasts including Zermatt, Verbier, Saas Fee, Crans Montana and Nendaz. A variety of transfer options from Sion Airport to onward destinations are available to book at the point of ticket purchase, including shared and private journeys to the major resorts in the region.

Ticket pricing for powdair will be completely transparent with very little fluctuation across peak dates, meaning that families won't feel hard done by during the busier school holiday periods – it means booking up fast, but at little or no extra cost than during the non-peak times.

The eight airports that will be served by powdair are - London Luton, London Southend, Southampton, Bristol, Manchester and Edinburgh as well as Antwerp and Hamburg.

Marcelline Kuonen, Head of Experience and Market Management at Valais Promotion, said: “We are looking forward to seeing direct flights into the Valais region commencing in December this year with powdair and welcoming more guests into our fantastic region. The Valais is one of Europe's premier winter sports regions in the very heart of the Alps with destinations such as Zermatt, Saas Fee, Verbier and Crans Montana - some of the world's top ski resorts within easy reach of Sion Airport. 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”.

Aline Bovier-Gantzer from Sion Airport said: “We are really excited to welcome powdair into Sion and fly to new destinations in the UK, Germany and Belgium. The chance to bring in winter sports tourists into Sion Airport is a great opportunity for the region and we are looking forward to welcoming our new guests here. Our airport is ideally located to easily reach the well-known ski resorts in the Valais and we hope that it will also provide a link from Sion to destinations such as London and Edinburgh as well.”

Zoe Ombler, Head of Commercial for powdair 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. The response we have already seen on social media 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”. 

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