Inghams has cancelled most of its global ski programme for the rest of the 2019/20 season as a result of the ongoing spread of the coronavirus.
On Saturday (14 March), French authorities ordered the closure of all non-essential public spaces, including the country’s ski infrastructure.
The operator said this went against assurances from resorts and tourism bodies advising resorts would remain open until the end of the season.
It has cancelled all remaining holidays to: Alpe d’Huez; Avoriaz; Chamonix and Les Houches; Courchevel; Flaine; La Clusaz; La Plagne; Les Arcs; Les Menuires; Les 2 Alpes; Meribel; Montgenevre; Morzine; Samoens; Serre Chevalier; Tignes; Val d’Isere; and Val Thorens.
Anyone due to travel on Sunday (15 March) should not head to their departure airport.
“We will be in touch as soon as we can,” said Inghams in a statement.
Inghams is now working on efforts to repatriate all guests currently in France, and move or cancel all holidays to France departing in the coming weeks. “This is an unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation, and we understand that it may be unsettling,” said Inghams.
Agents will be the main point of contact for all Inghams clients who booked through the trade, the operator added.
Inghams has already cancelled its 2019/20 Canada programme due to the country requiring all arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone currently in Canada will be brought home as per their planned UK return.
It has also cancelled all ski holidays to Austria, Andorra, Italy and Switzerland as of 13 March.