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Edelweiss will be flying to a total of 66 holiday destinations in winter 2024/25. picture: TN

Three new Edelweiss destinations in winter

Holiday carrier Edelweiss is adding three new destinations to its 2024/25 winter timetable and is also significantly expanding its Northern European offering. Two destinations, however, will be removed from the winter timetable.

Edelweiss has prepared the winter schedule. 66 destinations in 34 countries appear in the 2024/25 winter timetable. These include three new, exciting destinations: Giza/Cairo Sphinx Airport in Egypt, Tunis in Tunisia and Salalah in Oman.

From 6 November 2024, Edelweiss will be serving Sphinx International Airport in Egypt twice a week. Located west of Cairo and Giza, this airport is the gateway to the pyramids of Giza and a good starting point for Nile cruises - in combination with the Edelweiss destination Luxor. The opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo is also planned for this year.

The Tunisian capital Tunis is known for its rich history and culture. One highlight is the old medina, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can stroll through the narrow streets and explore the traditional souk. Tunis is also a good starting point for round trips. From 19 December 2024, Edelweiss will be flying twice a week from Zurich to Tunis.

The third new Edelweiss winter destination is located in the south of Oman and has the beautiful name of Salalah. The holiday destination boasts endless white sandy beaches, while adventurers will appreciate the Rub al-Khali desert. From the end of February 2025, Edelweiss will be flying twice a week from Zurich via Muscat to Salalah and back non-stop from there.

Major expansion to northern destinations

After top winter business to northern destinations last winter, Edelweiss is expecting a new boom and is tripling its services to Lapland and doubling its services to Norway.

Tromsø, known as the gateway to the Arctic, will be served up to five times a week. The Northern Lights and Arctic adventures beckon here. Evenes Airport near Narvik will also have winter service for the first time. Narvik offers a wide range of winter activities and will host the Alpine World Ski Championships in 2029. The Lofoten archipelago is also nearby. Evenes will be served once a week from 21 December 2024. Bergen, however, has been cancelled from the winter flight schedule.

In Finland, travellers can expect a wide range of winter sports and nature experiences in Ivalo. Ivalo will now be served twice instead of once a week. Kittilä, known for its ski resorts and the village of Levi, will now be served twice a week. The Father Christmas home of Rovaniemi will now be served twice a week. And Edelweiss will fly to Kuusamo once a week.

Update on long-haul destinations

The winter flights to Tampa Bay in Florida, which were introduced last year, will also be offered twice a week this winter. Tampa Bay will therefore be served all year round. However, Las Vegas is no longer included in the winter flight schedule.

The number of flights to holiday destinations in the Caribbean remains unchanged. As in the previous winter season, Cancún Cancún will operate three times a week, Havana once a week and Punta Cana twice a week non-stop from Zurich. Puerto Plata will be served once a week in combination with Montego Bay in Jamaica. San José in Costa Rica will accommodate flights three times a week, including two flights a week in combination with Liberia/Guanacaste. In Colombia, Bogotá and Cartagena will be served from 3 November. This will continue to be twice a week.

The holiday destinations Mauritius, Seychelles and Cape Town remain a fixed part of Edelweiss' winter flight schedule. The popular metropolis in South Africa will be served up to four times a week throughout the winter. The Maldives will be served three times a week from Zurich, including one flight a week in connection with Colombo in Sri Lanka. Flights to Phuket in Thailand will operate three times a week.

Season extension for short-haul routes

There will also be an expansion of some classic summer destinations: The season to Djerba, Bilbao, Ibiza, Antalya and Cagliari will be extended to November/December or the start of the season will be brought forward to February/March. Split and Faro will even be provided flights all year round for the first time.

And flights to Sal in Cape Verde will be doubled. There will now be four to five flights a week, including at weekends. Capacity for flights to Morocco will also be increased. Agadir will now be served almost continuously with non-stop flights on Saturdays.

The Edelweiss winter timetable 2024/25