The evacuation of holidaymakers, on a number of chartered Boeing 737-800’s, took place between 28 and 29 December, with Air Partner flying passengers from the ski resorts surrounding Chambery, Geneva and Lyon to Gatwick and Luton airports.
Air Partner, which is highly experienced in the provision of air evacuation for corporates and governments, was tasked with the provision of last minute flights, to transport stranded skiers back home, after severe Alpine weather blocked the entrances and exits to numerous ski resorts. This resulted in congested road networks, making it impossible for arriving passengers to reach their resorts as planned and departing passenger to make their original flights home.
Securing high quality aircraft, at short notice, in peak holiday seasons can be a serious logistical challenge. Air Partner called on its extensive network and know-how to offer tour operators caught up in the adverse weather conditions a number of high quality options; ensuring their clients were repatriated as quickly as possible in the difficult circumstances.
Alan Murray, Director of Inclusive Tour Programmes at Air Partner said: "This has been a very difficult time for everyone involved. For those whose travel plans were disrupted by the unexpected weather conditions, for those dealing with the huge logistical issues at the airports and in resort, and for all those who had to give up valuable family and holiday time to help those affected passengers. Despite this backdrop, and the logistics of securing last minute aircraft, we were pleased to help our customers get their clients safely back home."