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Onto the slopes by plane

More and more low-cost airlines are flying to the Alps in winter. More than twenty of these "ski destinations" are being offered to winter air travellers. With the offer of connecting flights, air passengers are now able to travel directly to the ski slopes from Salzburg/A, Innsbruck/A, Klagenfurt/A, Zurich/CH, Friedrichshafen/D, Munich/D and, most recently, from Grenoble/F and Memmingen/D.
It is now also possible to reach the winter sports resorts of South Tyrol directly from the Italian airports at Bergamo, Brescia and Verona, or the French Alpes Maritimes from Nice. Alongside six low-cost airlines, national carriers such as Swiss, Austrian, Lufthansa and Air France are also touting for business with tickets priced at €99. From an ecological viewpoint this trend is worrying.
There are also often special "fly & ski" offers for sports equipment carried as baggage. In some cases skis are transported at no extra charge, with an extra
10 kg of baggage allowance for ski boots. With new transfer services (i.e. shuttles) co-operating with the airlines, travellers can now book the connection from the airport to the ski resort along with their flight. Regions such as Carinthia/A, Salzburg/A and East Tyrol/A even organise their own transfers.
Information: www.welt.de/welt_print/article1463528 (de)