Smoother travel than ever!
We switched our flight to Lyon Airport for the 2018-19 season and it proved a resounding success. It is a world-class airport, under new management (no longer the dreaded Chamber of Commerce), and is now possibly the most modern and dynamic in France.
Lyon Airport is vast and under-used. We share the modern Terminal 2 with Air France, and ours may well be the only charter flight on a Sunday again this winter. Our coaches drop guests relatively close to check-in (but a bit further away than last winter due to the rebuilding of a hotel), and collect them from the same place. There is an air bridge from the aircraft, and short queues at passport control. Even the loos are magnificent!
We never underestimate winter’s propensity for testing one’s patience. Fog at Gatwick, snow in France, icy roads, avalanches, strikes – there’s a lot that can go wrong. But our mid-morning Sunday flight is almost always on time. The transfer on a Sunday is invariably rapid and easy, taking about 2hrs 45 mins.
You may ask why we don’t use Chambéry, nearly an hour closer to Val d’Isère. It is true that when everything runs perfectly, Chambéry is very convenient. But its short runway is surrounded by mountains, can only be used in one direction, requires special radar on the aircraft and special training for its pilots, and is an absolute nightmare when there is bad weather – in other words, rather frequently in the winter! It is even smaller than Grenoble, and has the same difficulties with passport control, security etc. And anyway, if our staff had two hours less to prepare the chalets, they couldn’t do it properly, so we’d have to take the scenic route via Turin!
See Flight Details for flight numbers and departure and arrival times. See Baggage Allowance for details about ski and snowboard carriage, and luggage allowances.
Header image ©O.Chassignole/Aéroports de Lyon