New flights to Geneva add to signs for bumper Swiss season

Posted on 30 October 2013

The choice of flights to Geneva, which serves the French and Swiss Alps, will soon get easier when airline SWISS begins new direct flights there from London Gatwick on 14th December.

The thrice weekly service will run on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays until 3rd March 2014, with free carriage for ski equipment. A  new scheme by SWISS means that passengers travelling from Gatwick to Geneva will be able to benefit from a new type of open ticket: the new Geneva Economy Flex fare offers one-way to Geneva from £89 with greater flexibility, meaning bookings can be modified at no additional fee!

Meanwhile, for passengers travelling with no checked luggage and not needing flexibility, the new Geneva Economy Light fare starts from as little as £59. One piece of carry-on baggage is included in the fare and bookings cannot be changed or refunded once they have been made, although an upgrade to Geneva Economy Flex Fares is available. The new tickets will be welcomed by owners of property in the Alps.

Switzerland is looking forward to a bumper ski season, after a summer that saw UK tourist numbers up by 17.4 per cent year-on-year in July and up by 5.7 per cent for the January-July period.

Notable upgrades to Swiss resorts this season include a linking up of the ski domains of Arosa and Lenzerheide, creating 225 kilometres of slopes in what is now the largest linked area in the Graubünden canton and one of Switzerland’s top 10 biggest ski areas. The connection goes live on 14th December. Meanwhile going live in November are two new cable cars in Grimentz and Zinal, carrying 125 persons each over  3,522 metres.

An increasingly popular resort in Graubünden is Flims Waldhaus, where new apartments are available to buy within a five-star complex.