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A private flight to the Alps during next February half term may be cheaper than going on a scheduled airline. Here we look at the costs of travelling to the Alps in its busiest week.

Are you desperate to get the family to the Alps next February half-term?

You might have to consider a chartered jet with prices already soaring on the big name flight companies.

Scheduled daytime Gatwick flights are already so expensive that it's actually cheaper to travel oligarch-style on a private plane from tiny Farnborough Airport in Hampshire.

A private jet has been organised by family tour operator, Butler & Lloyd, for £730pp, on February 11th.

The price, believe it or not, is cheaper than BA where the price comes in at £889pp for a similar flight from nearby Gatwick.

The private jet in question is a 50-seater Embraer ERJ 145.

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It is a twin-engine jet with a 20m wingspan.

It has a cruising speed of 840km/h and a range of 3,350kms.

It's rather pleasant inside too.

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Husband and wife team, Bella and Will Butler, who have organised the charter, provide children's entertainment and refreshments, and there's the added incentive of no security queue or passport control.

Here's the terminal at Farnborough that is designed for 80 business travellers.

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"We have three small children ourselves and anyone who has taken their young family skiing knows that the journey can be hell - overcrowding, inevitable delays, and a long and difficult walk to the gate. You're all exhausted before even leaving the UK - it's no way to start a holiday," Butler and Lloyd's Bella said.

An added bonus is that parking for the week is free at Farnborough and only half an hour from Waterloo.

So, what are some alternative prices to getting to the Alps next February:


Eurostar adult £134.00

1 Adult 1 child: £244

Saturday 11 Feb - Saturday 18 Feb, London to Bourg St. Maurice


London Luton to Geneva with EasyJet £574

(£614 LGW EasyJet)

PLUS Transfer £79.50 from Geneva to Bourg Saint Maurice


Folkestone to Calais £81 each way = £162 return trip

Travel to Folkestone (from London 60 miles / £25 petrol for car)

Calais to Bourg 611.1 miles (9hrs) £150 petrol (OR roundtrip £180)

Total 10 hrs 50 mins


PO ferry £98 return fixed time

611.1 miles to Bourg Saint Maurice


(On bus and ferry)

London Victoria Coach Station to Bourg Saint Maurice

Friday evening set off with return journey Saturday (both overnight journeys)

£231.50pp (adult/child)

And if you can't quite afford to by by private jet then one of our partners at PlanetSKI, Ski-Flights, offers some of the best half-term prices and serious good value at other times of the year.

"We've just reduced the price on our Gatwick to Chambery flights in January to £99 return. The flights operate on a Saturday morning and the pricetag of £99 includes a free 20kgs baggage allowance," said David Lacy from Ski-Flights.

See here for further details and here for a PlanetSKI feature about the company

Ski-flights has operated ski charter flights for over 25 years.

As well as chartering its own aircrafts it works with a number ski tour operators.  

All its flights are ATOL protected so you can book with confidence.

It works with most of the major ski tour operators selling their excess flights

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And if you want a holiday with Butler and Lloyd then it is offering a 7-night half-board stay in the 5* Grand Hotel in Courmayeur, mid-morning flights, children's ski school and daycare costs from £2,635pp.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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