British Airways adds new routes to its winter ski flight schedule

BA expands its winter ski routes to the Alps with additional flights and two new routes from Heathrow

As part of the improvements to its winter flight schedule British Airways is launching two new routes from Heathrow to Grenoble and Turin, and increasing the number of scheduled flights to other popular alpine airports.

The new flights to Grenoble, perfectly located for access to some of France’s best ski resorts, will depart on Saturdays from December 2 with fares starting from £39 each way. Skiers will also be able to reach the Italian Alps via Turin from just £40 each way.

Grenoble is a great hub to access many of France’s top ski resorts | Photo: British Airways

The airline already operates flights between Gatwick and the Italian and French ski hubs during the winter season, so the new flights from Heathrow will take the number of weekly flights to the two cities up to 18.

Adam Daniels, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: “Turin and Grenoble are within easy reach of some of the world’s best ski resorts so we’re excited to be adding them to our Heathrow network. Our ultra-low fares will get our customers a round-trip to some of the hottest (and coolest) destinations in Europe for less than £40 and they can also carry their skis for free as part of their checked baggage allowance.”

However, the prices quoted are for basic hand luggage only fares. At the time of writing economy tickets with checked baggage included (*skis up to 190cm can be taken for free as part of checked luggage) are £14 more each way.

BA’s expansion of the ski route network from Heathrow also includes increased flights to other popular alpine airports. Flights to Salzburg will double from two to four per week, and there will be two additional weekly flights to Innsbruck. Frequency to Reykjavik will also be doubled with two direct flights a day from Terminal 5, and Sofia and Zurich will benefit from an additional service each week too.

In North America British Airways recently also launched direct flights from Gatwick to Oakland, which is one of the closest international airports to the slopes of Lake Tahoe. The airline has also re-timed flights to Calgary specifically to help customers meet public transport connections to the biggest ski resorts.

British Airways Heathrow ski flight changes for 2017

City Current flights per week New flights per week Departure days
Turin, Italy 0 2 Sat, Sun
Grenoble, France 0 1 Sat
Innsbruck, Austria 4 6 Mon, Thurs
Salzburg, Austria 2 4 Mon, Fri
Zurich, Switzerland 40 41 Sat
Sofia, Bulgaria 7 8 Sat
Keflavik, Iceland 7 14 Twice daily