Jet2.com ramps up ski flights from Stansted to Geneva
Stansted Airport's second biggest airline has ramped up its services for winter sports fans.
Jet2.com has added more Easter ski flights to Geneva after the Swiss government announced pre-arrival testing was no longer required for vaccinated passengers.
The carrier restarted departures to the French Alps this weekend (January 22-23) with flights to Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble.
Bookings are up for all five ski destinations Jet2.com operates from Stansted: Innsbruck and Salzburg in Austria as well as Geneva, Chambery and Grenoble.
The additional Geneva services will take off on Sunday March 27, Saturday April 2, Sunday April 3, Sunday April 10 and Saturday April 16.
Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: "Skiers and snowboarders have missed out on the best part of two ski seasons over the past couple of years, so they're absolutely jumping at the opportunity to hit the slopes once again.
"It's obvious snow sports fans want to make the ski season last for as long as possible too. In response to that, we're expanding our Easter ski programme so customers have even more choice when it comes to hitting the best slopes in Europe."
The return to the slopes for Stansted passengers comes as the airport's operator argues all Covid-19 testing rules should be ended.
Manchester Airports Group (MAG) and Airlines UK have published research by specialist consultants Oxera and Edge Health which offers evidence to support the removal of remaining requirements when the Government reviews international travel restrictions this week.
Findings from the new study, which MAG and Airlines UK have submitted to ministers ahead of their review, shows governments are not able to implement travel restrictions quickly enough for them to be effective in limiting the spread of new, more infectious variants of Covid-19.
As a result, imposing travel restrictions in response to discovery of a new variant will not help control its spread or protect public health.
Pre-departure and post-arrival PCR tests were scrapped on January 5 after the Government accepted they served no purpose once the Omicron variant had become dominant in the UK.
MAG chief executive Charlie Cornish said: "It's critical that travel policies are based on the best available analysis, and the latest findings from Oxera and Edge Health show conclusively that testing for international travel will not deliver significant benefits in managing the spread of new variants.
"As we learn to live with Covid-19, it's important that people are allowed to travel free of the additional cost and uncertainty which testing creates.
"This study provides ministers with the clear evidence that this is achievable. The UK Government has taken the step to remove domestic restrictions and it should now apply this approach to international travel.
"We must allow the country's worst-hit sector to resume its road to recovery and for the UK economy to benefit from the billions of pounds of economic value aviation generates."