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BA adds London City / Southampton to Salzburg – bookable with Avios for February half term

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British Airways has added new routes from London City Airport and Southampton to Salzburg this morning.

If you were looking at a ski holiday this Winter, you may want to check it out.

Importantly, and slightly amazingly, Avios seats are (as at 11am) available for the key February half term weekend. You would normally expect to pay £500 return in Economy for Sat to Sat flights over this period.

British Airways Salzburg

The London City service launches on 10th December with flights on Friday and Saturday. It will drop to ‘Saturday only’ from 19th March.

The Southampton service launches on 11th December with flights every Saturday.

Flights on both routes will end on 16th April.

As you’d expect with BA CityFlyer, these will be Embraer E90 services with two-class cabins. Seating is 2×2 throughout the aircraft.

Here are Avios seats over February half-term from City as at 11am – the Business Class seats were still there at 6.30pm:

BA adds London City to Salzburg - bookable with Avios for February half term skiing


BA adds London City to Salzburg - bookable with Avios for February half term skiing

…. although these won’t last long.

Here is Southampton over half term – this screenshot was taken at 11am but the Business Class seats were still there at 6.30pm:

Southampton Salzburg British Airways

Austria is now imposing extra restrictions on anyone who received their 2nd covid vaccination more than 270 days ago, which could be an issue for those who were vaccinated in the first wave. The rules are likely to change before the ski season however.

If you have small children who want to learn to ski, my family and I recommend this place near Salzburg where we have been a number of times.


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Comments (34)

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  • Richie says:

    It appears there’s also a Southampton flight on Saturdays to Salzburg.

  • Alex B says:

    Got anywhere for large adults who want to learn?

    • Rob says:

      No 🙂

      Elmauhof is a family hotel which has a very close relationship with kids ski school in the town. They run a shuttle service to and from the ski school, and for very young kids the ski school actually takes place at Elmauhof, so you don’t need to leave the premises.

      There are a couple of other HfP readers who I have converted to Elmauhof over the years and tend to be there when we are there.

      They have an older wing which is only used in peak season where the rooms are very ‘woody’ and not five-star, but the food and the way it runs is definitely at the high 4 / low 5 star level (with the caveat that its a family run hotel which caters for families in a ski resort, so no suited porters etc).

  • fred says:

    Unrelated question. For return flights, When the return flight is cancelled is the compensation date measured from your outgoing, or the actual return flight.

    Also, what if the return flight is cancelled AFTER you’ve taken the outgoing…. but before the 14 days?

  • Barnaby100 says:

    My short February weekend trip to Salzburg ended up with a train trip to France at 6am when BA cancelled the flights due to bad weather. Wouldn’t recommend as a birthday experience

    • Barnaby100 says:

      Germany not France

    • Rich says:

      Sounds grim.

      Years of ski trips have taught me to expect delays in winter – the snow is the reason we’re going, after all. GVA is a pretty reliable airport in all weathers; CMF is to be avoided at all costs. I don’t know about SZG, but INN is pretty spectacular mountain airport – again, a sitting duck for bad weather.

      • Barnaby100 says:

        It was LHR with the weather. All the other airlines made it to Salzburg!

      • Phil W says:

        SZG used to be one of the key airports used for SIM training due to it being more complex than your average landing.

  • Rich says:

    Wow. Expiration of vaccinated status adds yet another layer of complexity – especially for mixed-age groups!

    I’m mid-40s, got my jab as soon as I was allowed, and I expire on 19 March 2022 in Austria. Friends in their late 50s would miss most of the season; those in their 30s wouldn’t have a problem.

    Like you say, there will be half a dozen changes between now and then, so not worth thinking about in too much detail.

  • pauldb says:

    That’s not half term week in Southampton. 🙂

  • Michael says:

    Hi Rob, if I am interested to book Elmauhof, are you able to negotiate a better price than what was available on their website?

    • Rob says:

      No. It is what it is (in the context of the German / Austrian system, ie you request the right to make a booking, they send you a letter containing an offer of accommodation, you decide whether to accept the offer or not).

  • Anna says:

    Why do BA fly from Southampton but not Manchester?!

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      They do

    • Lady London says:

      More money around Southampton/Bristol area – a huge catchment area which can also include South Londoners and West Londoners eg excellent train access.

      Not having to deal with MAG either

      • Anna says:

        We have Cheshire and the Lakes. Also northerners are generally obsessed with going on holiday due to our dreadful weather.

        • Nick says:

          BA Cityflyer (as opposed to BA, which of course it isn’t) has decided SOU offers more profitable opportunities for their aircraft than MAN. And this is despite their own HQ being based in beautiful Didsbury. That should tell you enough about the economics of operating out of MAN. It’s a combination of potential customers not being willing to pay good enough yields for BA/BACF and much increased competition from all the locos and charter outfits.

      • pauldb says:


    • Phil W says:

      Because it’s not really British Airways anymore, it’s South East England Airways.

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