August 2007

Austrian Airlines (Laudaair) have had the aircraft re-painted in a very attractive design depicting the Austrian Alps. They have flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck throughout the winter opening up the Tirol region from the Arlberg to Kitzbuhel. Of course, you can use these flights to reach other ski resorts such as those in Salzburgerland - only about two hours driving time away.

Ryanair have quite a few routes but a popular one for this winter is the Stanstead to Salzburg flight. This opens up World Cup resort territory such as Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Flachau, Schladming, Gastein, etc, and all less than an hour's driving time from the airport.

Tour operators offering packages tend to use charter flights from regional airports and in this case you are tied strictly to a particular airport and a departure time. Remember, one of the downsides of some package flights is that you may be charged extra for the carriage of skis and boots! In any event, you are restricted on weight so be careful how you pack your ski bag.

Flights from the UK into european airports may be a faster means of reaching the Alps than any other. But sometimes transfers from the airport to your ski resort can take "forever" so ensure you do your homework on what is involved. Airport parking in the UK can sometimes be difficult - and is certainly expensive. If you are travelling with three or four other people, share this cost. Booking "on-line" with an airline if you are a family of mum, dad and two children, can work out a lot cheaper than booking a complete package.

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