One million travellers can’t be wrong – fast flights to the Alps are paying off for skiers

A million passengers have now reached the French Alps through Chambéry-Savoie and Grenoble-Isère airport – the fastest way to reach all of the major ski resorts in France.

VINCI Airports, which operates the airports on behalf of the local authorities (Councils of Savoie and Isère), says its investment in the airports’ infrastructure is paying off for travellers who enjoy transfer times of an hour less than from other alpine airports. VINCI Airports recruits and trains more than 200 seasonal workers in each of the airports ensuring efficient management of ski flights. Traffic is concentrated on weekends with more than 120 commercial flights landing and over 30,000 travellers passing through these two airports.

Crystal Ski flies to Chambéry-Savoie airport once a week with up to 17 flights from 11 regional airports including Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin. 350,000 customers have used this route since 2004. Chambéry-Savoie is less than 10 minutes from the centre of Chambéry and only 15 minutes from Aix-les-Bains. It also offers direct road access to Rhône-Alpes motorways and is the best possible gateway to France’s mountain ski and summer resorts, spas, and great lakes.

Grenoble-Isère airport, the gateway to the Isère ski resorts (Alpe d’Huez, Les Deux Alpes), is the other VINCI airport Crystal Ski flies to once a week from up to seven UK airports. In total, Crystal Ski brings over 50,000 British skiers to the French Alps via Chambéry and Grenoble Airports every year.

Simon Cross, Managing Director of Crystal Ski:

“We are proud to work with VINCI Airports and the success of our ski business is helped by the daily cooperation with the local airport management and excellent service they offer our customers in the French Alps.”

Anthony Martin, VINCI Airports regional managing director comments:

“Our partnership with Crystal Ski means tens of thousands of British skiers enjoy the best the French Alps have to offer every year. Through the planned acquisition of the Portuguese airports, VINCI is becoming a major operator in Europe, which will allow to strengthen further the synergies and the business development with our key partners like TUI Group.”

PHOTO: To celebrate the occasion, VINCI Airports and Crystal Ski offered a special welcome to its one millionth passenger, Mr David Skepper from Buckinghamshire in England, who arrived on 16 March, 10:25 local time at Chambéry-Savoie on flight Thomson Airways TOM4624 from London Gatwick. Sir Steve Redgrave, Olympic gold medallist is congratulating Mr Skepper. Also in the picture: Anthony Martin, VINCI Airports regional managing director, Laurence Erbs, Chambery-Savoie airport manager, Ian Davis, Crystal Ski product director and Nial McLean, Crystal Ski general manager France.

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Notes to Editors

About VINCI Airports

VINCI Airports is the concession holder for Chambéry-Savoie and Grenoble-Isère airports in the French Alps as well as of Nantes airport, first regional charter airport in France where TUI Travel transports about 300,000 passengers per year through its French subsidiaries Marmara and Nouvelles-Frontières.

VINCI Airports has recently been selected as ‘Preferred Bidder’ by the Portuguese government for the acquisition of 100% of Aeroportos de Portugal (‘ANA’). ANA is the exclusive operator of the 10 international airports in Portugal (Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Madeira and Azores Islands), where TUI Travel group has a very strong activity (about 300.000 passengers per year).

About Crystal Ski (part of TUI Travel PLC):

TUI Travel PLC is a FTSE 100 leisure travel company listed on the London Stock Exchange. It was formed on 3 September 2007 by the merger of First Choice Holidays PLC and the Tourism Division of TUI AG. The company mainly serves the leisure travel customer and is organised and managed through four business sectors: Mainstream, Accommodation & Destinations, Specialist and Activity and Emerging Markets. The Specialist and Activity sector now consists of six divisions:  Adventure, Education, Marine, North American Specialist, Sport, and the Specialist Holiday Group.

The Specialist Holiday Group (SHG) consists of 19 businesses operating from the UK and Ireland. Specialist travel experiences include ski holidays, city breaks, luxury mountain hotels and tailor-made trips to the Far East, Africa, Australia or North America. Crystal Ski is part of SHG and is the leading ski holiday tour operator in the UK, with more than 30 years’ experience of providing ski holidays in Europe, North America and Japan.

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