- Removal of the French tourism ban has 'peaked' Brits' interest in ski getaways, with easyJet seeing a 600% lift in last minute UK flight bookings to French ski resort destinations following the announcement
- The airline also saw a 386% lift in UK winter bookings to Switzerland immediately after the announcement
- easyJet is offering more seats to Europe's major ski destinations from the UK this winter than any other carrier
- Great deals on flights still to be had in easyJet's Big Orange Sale until 18 January
Skiers are racing to the slopes as France announced it will welcome back UK tourists. In the hours following yesterday's announcement, Europe's leading airline easyJet saw a 600% lift in UK bookings to popular French ski destinations for the remainder of the winter season. Last-minute bookings to Switzerland also saw a peak immediately after the news broke with a 386% increase in flight bookings, suggesting consumer confidence in international travel continues to build.
As snow continues to cover peaks across Europe, winter sports lovers now have even more opportunity to hit the slopes. Recent research carried out by the airline showed that around two-thirds (65%) of Brits are planning to prioritise a trip abroad in 2022, so it is no surprise that more people are now making the most of the winter season - up to the end of March 2022 - and booking a ski getaway to look forward to.
easyJet is offering more seats to Europe's major ski destinations from the UK this winter than any other carrier.Thousands of easyJet flights to France and Switzerland as well as other destinations serving Europe's best ski resorts are still available to book for this winter, including over February half-term, giving customers more choice to book a new year getaway or a family break.
The airline has also extended its Big Orange Sale, with up to 25% off selected seats and low fares still available to book until 18 January 2022, from just £14.99*.
easyJet is operating 37 routes this winter from the UK to 10 destinations across Europe which serve the continent's major ski resorts.
Great deals are still available for the rest of the winter season, from:
- London Gatwick to Lyon from £16.99*, to Geneva from £20.99*, and to Grenoble from £22.99*
- London Luton to Lyon from £14.99*, and to Geneva from £16.99*
- Bristol to Lyon from £14.99*, to Grenoble from £16.99*, and to Geneva from £19.99*
- Manchester to Geneva from £20.99*
- Edinburgh to Geneva from £16.99*
- Glasgow to Geneva from £20.99*
- Liverpool to Geneva from £18.99*
- Belfast to Geneva from £17.99*
- Birmingham to Geneva from £16.99*
- Bournemouth to Geneva from £17.99*
Ali Gayward, easyJet's UK Country Manager, commented:
"With France welcoming British tourists once again, skiing is well and truly back on. This is welcome news for UK consumers, particularly for those looking to book a last-minute family break or planning to head to the slopes, with low fares still available across thousands of flights to France this winter, including over half-term.
"We know that there is pent up demand with many desperate to get away this year, which we continue to see each time restrictions are removed. With flying already scheduled to increase in the coming weeks we will continue to review our schedule to meet demand and we look forward to taking our customers away on a long-awaited break this winter."
All customers booking flights with easyJet continue to benefit from industry-leading flexible booking policies under its Protection Promise, including fee-free changes up to two hours before departure.
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Notes to editors
*Flights one way per person including taxes.
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