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New Gatwick to Salzburg ski flights

Low fares airline easyJet has announced new flights from Gatwick to Salzburg plus a 20% rise in passenger numbers in July.

Flights to Salzburg will operate three times a week from December 13th, with fares from £32.99 one way or £55.98 return including tax. The budget airline expects to carry more than 16,000 passengers on the new route.

"Salzburg is yet another exciting destination to add to easyJet's Gatwick network. We expect Salzburg to be popular with passengers seeking both a city break away or a great ski destination for those looking to hit the slopes this winter,” says easyJet UK general manager commercial, David Osborne.

The new route to Salzburg brings the total number of easyJet flights from Gatwick this winter to 50. "easyJet has more flights to the snow from Gatwick this winter than any other airline and Salzburg joins other popular ski destinations such as Geneva, Innsbruck, Lyon and Sofia," Osborne adds.

Salzburg is famous as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and also provides the setting for the eternally popular film musical ‘The Sound of Music’. With colourful Christmas markets, a fascinating history and stunning architecture it makes a wonderful city break destination.

The city is also regarded as the ideal gateway for skiing and snowboarding holidays in the Austrian Alps. The nearest alpine peak, the 1972 metre Untersberg, is just a few kilometres from the city centre. SalzburgerLand offers 22 ski regions, 600 ski lifts and a total of 1700 kilometres of ski slopes suitable for everyone from beginners to Olympic champions.

easyJet had a successful July, carrying almost 4.5 million passengers, an impressive 20% increase over July 2007 and demonstrating there is still healthy demand for low cost flights. Load factors – the percentage of seats occupied – also increased marginally by 0.8% to 89.3%. For the 12 months ending July passenger numbers were also up, by 15.9% to just over 42 million, although load factors were down slightly by 0.4% to 83.5%.

Written by: Nick Purdom