One of the UK’s leading winter sports holiday operators has suspended all December departures to Switzerland over concerns over the emergence of the Omicron Covid variant.
Inghams, which offers winter skiing holidays to 76 resorts in seven countries, with flights from 15 UK regional airports, made the decision after the Swiss government announced that all arrivals from the UK were to be quarantined for 10 days.
Managing Director Joe Ponte said: “Following the announcement that Switzerland has imposed a 10-day quarantine on all arrivals to the UK, we have unfortunately suspended all December 2021 departures to Switzerland.
“Customers affected by this news are given the option to move their reservation free of charge or cancel their reservation with a full refund.
“We are extremely disappointed for all of our customers who have been looking forward to a ski vacation in Switzerland next month. Switzerland accounts for around six percent of our winter program vacations, and the number of reservations for the upcoming ski season has been high. “
He added, “While many of our customers remain eager to return to the slopes, we understand that some customers with later departure dates may fear for their vacation as a result of this latest update.
“With this in mind, we continue to offer flexibility through our ‘No charge to change up to 28 days prior to departure’ policy. Allowing our guests the flexibility to move their vacation to a later date or to a different destination . ”
Inghams also organizes winter wonderland trips and Santa Claus holidays in Lapland. It offers a popular Summer Experiences vacation program in many European destinations and Canada, as well as a dedicated program of self-guided and guided tours.
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