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A New Airline for Skiers Will Take You to Switzerland’s Top Slopes

A new airline wants to offer skiers easy access to some of Switzerland’s top ski resorts.

Powdair, which officially launched this week, connects eight European airports to Sion, Switzerland.

Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Sion is a small town that rises out of the Rhone valley, and is known for its winemaking, its medieval architecture, and its easy access to resorts like Nendaz, Verbier, and Zermatt.

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“There wasn’t really an airline dedicated to serving that route from the U.K. and from northern Europe,” Rob Stewart, the company’s media relations manager, told Travel + Leisure. “There is some activity there that lasts in the winter, typically in the peak season month of February, but not across the whole season.”

Powdair flights will operate out of Southampton, London Luton and London Southend airports, Manchester, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Antwerp, and Bristol International, with one-way flights to Sion starting at £130 (about $166) from each location.

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The airline’s winter schedule for this year and next year begins on December 14, and runs through April 16, 2018, though they’re also looking to schedule summer routes.

Sticking with the theme of catering to snow sport lovers, the airline also offers free ski and snowboard carriage, in addition to providing frequent fliers with 20 percent off of ski resort passes when purchasing a group of 10, 20, or 30 tickets in advance.

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