powdair postpones

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Sion Airport and the Alps behind it showing just how close the airport is to the ski resorts. Image © VistaJet

A while back Just about Travel mentioned a new start-up airline, powdair , which would start operations this winter to Sion Airport which describes itself as the “airport of the alps.” The advantages of flights into Sion meant that it would be quicker for skiers to get to places like Zermatt, Verbier, Saas Fee, Crans Montana and Nendaz.

At present, only Swiss International links London City and Heathrow to Sion but that is only on Saturdays and only in January and February 2018.

A substantial backer withdrew its support last week and the airline has tried crowdfunding and direct solicitation to enable it to start flying but as of today, been unsuccessful in getting the necessary cash together. Initially it hoped to postpone flights for just a week and that flights would start this coming weekend. That has proved impossible so it has decided to defer start-up flights until next year.

Over 5,000 people had already booked tickets on the airline and they will receive refunds.

The airline (which is registered in the Irish Republic and largely operates from British airports to Sion) is talking to potential investors but any deal won’t come in time for flights in the near term hence the reason to postpone until next year but the airline doesn’t say when. If successful in raising funds, it could operate in the summer as it also other destinations other than Sion in its view such as Istanbul and Chambery, both largely seen as winter destinations but where there are opportunities for trekkers and walkers during summer.

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