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British Airways has just relaunched its Winter ski flights for later this year and early 2023.

These are the first ski flights from Gatwick since early 2020, and the first for new BA shorthaul Gatwick subsidiary Euroflyer.

The flights have been loaded to ba.com this morning and Avios availability is wide open as of noon. There are many dates with four Club Europe seats still available.

Ski Holidays on Avios

Rob has just booked his own flights to Salzburg for February half term. Shockingly, BA wants £4,460 for four seats on the exact same flights in Club Europe. Economy is a scary £3,448 for four – and that is hand baggage only which is unlikely for a ski trip!

Thanks to London Air Travel for the spot.

London Gatwick to Salzburg

BA returns to Salzburg at the start of the Winter 2022/23 schedules, on Monday 31st October. Flights are three times a week until December, when they go daily.

Flight continue to operate until the end of the Winter Schedule on 25th March 2023, although we may see British Airways extend flights beyond this.

The outbound flight numbers are BA2652 and BA2654. Flight times are all over the place: some days you have two flights a day, others just one. BA2652, for example, departs just after 10am one day but at 14:10 the next.

Here is a screenshot from SeatSpy, indicating just how many seats are still available:

BA Gatwick Salzburg avios availability

Heathrow Avios availability has virtually all dried up so this is primarily from the new Gatwick flights, and extends to the end of March.

London Gatwick to Geneva

Flights to Geneva are also being relaunched.

These will begin on the 4th December and tentatively run until 25th March, although I would be shocked if this isn’t extended to cover the school Easter holidays in the first few weeks of April.

There are two to three flights a day in early January, with as many as seven flights on peak Saturday and Sundays.

British Airways A320

What is it like flying British Airways from Gatwick now?

When BA returned to short haul flying at Gatwick, it said it would be under a new subsidiary called Euroflyer. This is purely a structural change – BA hopes that the difference will be unnoticeable to your average passenger. There will be no difference in terms of baggage rules, seat selection, lounge access, food and drink etc – only to crew pay.

This includes access to the Galleries Club and First lounges reviewed here, and which in my opinion are superior to the Heathrow lounges.

Club Europe is fully catered (albeit not by DO&CO, although the food is still good) whilst you get a free bottle of water and bag of crisps in economy.

You can book flights on BA.com here.

PS. It also looks like BA has added Friday, Saturday and Sunday flights from Heathrow to Innsbruck from December until March. Avios availability is also wide open.


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In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

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Comments (40)

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  • freckles says:

    Any signs of reinstating domestic flights from Gatwick?

    • Rob says:

      Not until they launch a long haul flight with connecting traffic potential. The Caribbean routes don’t get much connecting traffic due to Virgin’s Manchester flights.

      Glasgow is coming but this is a Heathrow crewed flight doing a ‘W’ pattern.

      • freckles says:

        Scottish connections are what I’m looking for in January, so sounds a possibility

        • Numpty says:

          There is already a LGW – GLA (and return) flight most mornings.

      • Barry cutters says:

        If it starts in Heathrow would it not be more of an M than a W

  • Brian78 says:

    I don’t ski but might book a weekend away in February 👍

  • Richie says:

    Some SOU and LCY ski flights have Avios availabilty to SZG

  • John says:

    I’m after some more canary islands flights for April half term to pop up…. 🙂 Anywhere else good for nice weather without going long-haul?

  • Vit says:

    Sorry, a bit OT here but I will be flying in and out of Norway quite often for the foreseeable future, both SVG and OSL. I can do either ABZ or EDI. Not sure which airline and mileage programme I should stick with? SAS and Wideroe are the only options I guess? As flying via AMS or CDG are nightmare currently and I don’t think via LHR is an option.

  • Louise says:

    Thanks Rhys, booked half term – now to find a hotel

  • Brian78 says:

    “ Shockingly, BA wants £4,460 for four seats on the exact same flights in Club Europe”

    Wow. It’ll probably double once the madman Putin cuts off the oil supply in the winter!

    • TimM says:

      A major issue is reduced availability due to passenger no. caps at airports, crew shortages and the single biggest, people spending their Covid vouchers! Once they expire, things should start to return to normal, albeit with young, inexperienced crew on half the pay.

      • Brian78 says:

        Crew shortages being resolved are almost certainly still quite far off!

        • Brian78 says:

          Also, even with people spending their vouchers passenger numbers in the U.K. are still down 15ish% versus 2019 (ons data reported in the FT last week)

  • ChrisC says:

    Give it a day or two until the lower prices fare buckets get releases and prices should drop.

    • The real Swiss Tony says:

      I’d be surprised if they bother for those peak dates at half term as they had already done it for Christmas – was £61 on 30/12. easyJet are currently charging between £500 and £800 to Salzburg and back for Saturday-Saturday travel. And that’s before you pay to add a bag!

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