UK and Ireland’s leading ski tour operator launch with two new direct flights to Salzburg


UK and Ireland’s leading ski tour operator launch with two new direct flights to Salzburg and Turin      


September 2023: Crystal Ski Holidays, the UK and Ireland’s leading ski holiday operator is launching a brand-new winter flight programme for the 2024-2025 season with two direct flights from Belfast International Airport to Salzburg and Turin.  



The Belfast to Salzburg flight will operate each Saturday from 21st December 2024 to 22nd March 2025 (last inbound) and will serve well-known Austrian resorts including Bad Gastein, Bad Hofgastein, Ellmau, Fieberbrunn, Hinterglemm, Kaprun, Kitzbuhel, Nassfeld, Obertauern, Rauris, Saalbach, Schladming, Soll, St Johann in Tirol, Wagrain and Zell am See.  


Many of the Austrian resorts offer shorter transfers, which are ideal for avid skiers and families alike. The large towns of Kitzbuhel and Zell am See are world-famous for their winter sports and are ideally connected by train for non-skiers who want to explore the cities of Vienna and Salzburg.  For seasoned skiers, Zell am See & Saalbach are both part of the Skicircus skiing area complete with over 200 km of runs while Soll & St Johann offer great value hotels. 


The Belfast to Turin flight will operate on Sundays from 22nd December 2024 to 23rd March 2025 (last inbound) and will serve the Italian resorts of Bardonecchia, Cervinia, Courmayeur, Gressoney, La Thuile, Pila, Sauze D’oulx, Sestriere and Sansicaro.  


Both Sauze D’Oulx and Sestriere are a part of the Milky Way ski area, which offers up to 400km of skiing. Cervinia is a big favourite with more experienced skiers and offers a day skiing in Zermatt (Switzerland on the area lift pass). It’s a lively resort and a more affordable option for holidaymakers who want to ski in Switzerland. Courmayeur is great for couples and those looking for tree-line slopes and a pretty authentic town while families love La Thuile as the Planibel complex ticks all the boxes with location & facilities. 



All Crystal Ski Holiday packages include return flights, with free luggage allowance, transfers to and from your chosen resort and accommodation for the duration of your stay. Just to make things even easier, with Crystal Ski Holidays, you can also pre-book all of your mountain essentials. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you can choose to include a local or area lift pass, ski or snowboard hire, or carriage, if you’ve got your own ski equipment, boot and helmet hire and ski or snowboard lessons. 

Chris Logan, Managing Director at Crystal Ski Holidays, said: “We’re delighted to be launching this brand-new winter programme for the 2024/2025 season with direct flights from Belfast International Airport, giving our customers more choice and flexibility when it comes to their ski holiday. Crystal Ski Holidays has over 40 years’ experience taking skiers and snowboarders to the mountains and will offer everything Northern Ireland customers need to ski in one convenient, great-value package.”  


Welcoming the launch of Crystal Ski’s Winter 2024 programme, Craig Morgan, Head of Ireland for Crystal Ski Holidays, said: “Today’s announcement is an exciting development for our customers across Northern Ireland who can now enjoy a range of ski packages across Austria and Italy with Crystal Ski Holidays direct from Belfast International Airport. With weekend departures designed to help skiers maximise their time on the slopes, we know this announcement will be welcome news, and we expect to see strong demand across the programme.”     


Graham Keddie, Managing Director, Belfast International Airport, said: “We are delighted to be able to launch this brand-new Crystal ski programme direct from Belfast International Airport.  Ski-ing is always a popular holiday, and we are delighted to be able to expand our ski destinations with Crystal Ski Holidays, giving local holidaymakers more options to hit the slopes”.