Ski trips from Derry Airport to Italian Alps in Verona for schools from 2024

A new partnership will give young people the chance to fly from Derry to Verona for ski trips.

City of Derry Airport said they are delighted to welcome on board TopFlight for Schools, an award-winning ski specialist who will be launching their ‘School Ski Program’ for the North West in January 2024.

Flights will operate from January to March and fly directly to Verona from City of Derry Airport.

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At a recent event, City of Derry Airport and TopFlight for Schools hosted over 35 group leaders at the airport on November 29.

City of Derry Airport representatives with Michael McLaughlin (St. Columb's College), Karola McShane & Alastair Manning (Foyle College) and Emma O'Kane (Ardnashee School and College).

The night consisted of giving Group Leaders from schools across the region a tour of the airport to experience the convenience and accessibility.

The event brought together schools from Derry, Donegal, Limavady, Omagh and Enniskillen and the new service is aimed to help reduce school costs and travel time by flying from their local airport.

Steve Frazer, Managing Director City of Derry said: “We are delighted to announce this partnership with Topflight, an award-winning expert for school ski trips. Extending the use of City of Derry Airport to provide local, convenient, and personalised services for our schools and colleges is very exciting for the whole team at CODA.

"We look forward to welcoming the students, teachers & the parents dropping off, all of whom will be guaranteed excellence in customer service and a relaxing airport experience.”

Representative of Top Flight with local representatives.

Marco Piccoli, Managing Director for Topflight for Schools said: “We are delighted to add direct flights from CoDA to Verona to our Topflight Ski for Schools programme for 2024. Having grown up in the Scottish Highlands, I can vouch for the wonderful convenience of a direct flight from your closest airport!

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"We have many groups travelling from the surrounding areas and it is fantastic that we now have this wonderful option available. We also hope that it will encourage new schools to try the wonderful world of school ski trips and experience the joy they bring.”

Anyone interested in the School Ski 2024 from City of Derry Airport to Verona in Italy can get in touch at: [email protected] or contact TopFlight directly at

CoDA representatives including manager Steven Frazer with Brian Rainey (St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's, Claudy), and Michael O'Callaghan (St. Patrick's, Dungiven). Photo: Lorcan Doherty.