Airlines announce BAe 146/Avro RJ service to ski destinations


The shortfield capabilities of the BAe 146 and Avro RJ allow it to bring passengers directly to many airports close to ski resorts, avoiding the need for long road transfers from more distant airports. Two airlines have recently announced new or increased service to ski destinations:

  • Northwest Jet Airlink operator Mesaba will Airlines will increase its winter services to the ski resort at Aspen, Colorado, during the winter of 2001 by adding a second weekly flight from Memphis. Both flights will be operated by Avro RJ85s — the BAe 146 and Avro RJ are the only jets capable of serving Aspen. One flight will commence on 6 January, with a second flight being added on 3 February. Both flights will continue through 31 March. Mesaba first started flying to Aspen in 1998, from Minneapolis-St.Paul, a route which is now flown twice daily during the winter season. Service from Memphis began in 1999, with a single weekly flight. Aspen is also served by the 146s of Air Wisconsin.
  • buzz has announced that it will fly from London Stansted to Chambéry, France, from 23 December, with two round trips every Saturday. Chambery is a category B airport, requiring special training. CityFlyer has been flying ski charters to Chambery for several years. buzz will also operate a single Saturday flight to Geneva during the ski season.

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