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Inaugural City of Derry Ski Programme hits the slopes with Topflight for Schools

Members of the Topflight for Schools team marking flights taking off from Derry City Airport

The first ski programme in history to operate from City of Derry Airport took to the skies on Saturday 27th January with the number one school ski specialists across Ireland, Topflight for Schools.


Staff and student groups from secondary schools across the Northwest travelling on the inaugural service to Verona were treated to some complimentary hospitality to celebrate the occasion at the Airport, as well as having special guest Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council, Cllr Patricia Logue, there to see them off on their departure.



Steve Frazer, Managing Director at City of Derry Airport, stated:


“We are thrilled to see the take-off of the first ever ski service from City of Derry Airport with our fantastic partner, Topflight for Schools. It’s a privilege that we can now offer our local school children access to such a fantastic life experience, especially from the convenience of their local Airport.


“With reduced travel time and cost for school representatives and parents in their journey to the Airport, and a time of less than 15 minutes from the carpark to the departure gate for school staff and children travelling, we pride ourselves on providing a fast, friendly and relaxing experience at City of Derry Airport.”



Mr. Frazer added: “From the high intake on the 2024 programme, it’s clear that the ski market is in high demand across the Northwest, and we are delighted to have Topflight for Schools operating from the Airport again in 2025. Topflight for Schools truly are experts in what they do, and we are proud to partner with them on this venture.”


Jill Russell, Sales Manager at Topflight for Schools, added:


"It is fair to say that Topflight for Schools staff were almost as excited as the 180 local students as they departed for the slopes of Italy on CoDA's inaugural ski flight.

“After the success of the 2024 ski season from City of Derry Airport, Topflight for Schools are delighted to have already secured Winter 2025. The bonus of departing from their local airport has proven very popular by the vast number of schools in the Northwest and has attracted several who have never organised a ski trip for their students in the past.



“As Irelands Number 1 School Ski Tour Operator, we would welcome any enquiries from local schools and colleges and encourage 'newbies' to avail of our inclusive packages and unique customer service.”

The sold out Topflight for Schools 2024 programme will be operating throughout January and February 2024 from City of Derry Airport, and the Winter 2025 schedule is now on sale.


For more information on Topflight for Schools 2025 Ski Programme from City of Derry Airport, visit www.topflightforschools.ie.

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