Airport joins with leading operators to announce weekly charter flight to the Austrian gateway from December. George Best Belfast City Airport has launched a new ski route to Salzburg, in conjunction with leading ski holiday operators Topflight and Crystal Ski Holidays.
Starting on Christmas Eve and running every Saturday until 11th March 2017, the weekly Aer Lingus charter flight will provide direct access for local passengers to a wide range of Austria’s finest ski resorts.
Holidays are on sale now for the three-hour flight, which will depart Belfast City Airport at 1.30pm each Saturday, with the return flight arriving in Belfast at 7.50pm.
Welcoming the launch of the new route, Katy Best, Commercial and Marketing Director at Belfast City Airport, commented: “Belfast City Airport is continually seeking opportunities to grow our successful European route network and we’re delighted to launch this new charter ski flight to Salzburg.
“In Topflight and Crystal Ski Holidays we have partnered with leading operators with a proven pedigree in delivering ski holiday packages throughout Europe.
“Salzburg is a world-class ski destination and its wide range of quality ski resorts, which cater for skiers of all abilities, are all served by our new route.
“The demand for ski holidays in the local market is strong, and we are confident this route, facilitated by Aer Lingus, will prove very popular and be warmly welcomed by ski tourists of all abilities.”
The ski resorts which will be served by the new Belfast City-Salzburg route include Kitzbuhel, Zell am See, St. Johann, Kirchberg, Soll, and St. Wolfgang.
Maurice Shiels, Topflight Sales Director, commented: “We are very excited about the launch of this route from Belfast City Airport and are delighted to offer the Northern Irish market a fantastic choice for winter ski and board holidays direct from Belfast.
“We have seen significant growth across the ski market in recent years and the increased capacity on this route from Belfast to Salzburg will further enhance that upward trend. Sales to date show that the demand is certainly out there.
“Topflight were honoured to be voted as the Best Ski Tour Operator Northern Ireland for the 14th consecutive year at the Northern Ireland Travel & Tourism Awards on Friday 21st October.”
Chris Logan, Managing Director of Crystal Ski Holidays UK and Ireland, which is part of TUI Group, said: “There has been an increase in the number of UK airports providing ski flights in recent years, with 23 bases now offering routes to 136 ski resorts across Europe.
“With Salzburg having a well-established reputation as one of the world’s premier ski destinations for families and groups, this new flight is a very timely addition to the Northern Ireland market and one which we are confident will be extremely well received.”