SWISS International Air Lines is preparing for a busy winter, with the airline planning to operate its network and some expansion for the season.
SWISS Airbus A321 departing Hamburg Airport – Image, Economy Class and Beyond
The airline plans to operate services from Zurich and Geneva to 93 destinations, with a total capacity at some 80 per cent of its 2019 levels. It is a larger network that was served in the winter before the pandemic, though with fewer frequencies. Customers will be able to choose 83 destinations from Zurich and 26 from Geneva.
Do you Bristol?
Bristol will join the SWISS network from 4th February 2023, with SWISS Airbus A220 and Helvetic Embraer E190 aircraft to be deployed on the route.
According to the airline, “The new route should prove especially popular among winter sports enthusiasts in the UK.”
Europe, This is Zurich calling!
In addition, connectivity to Bologna, Nantes, Sofia and Vilnius (which started in the summer timetable) will also be extended in the winter timetable period, whilst Belgrade, Porto, Alicante, Barcelona and Málaga will see frequency increases for the season.
Asian Route Growth.
SWISS is continuing to boost its flights to Asia, with the airline planning to operate a daily service to Bangkok, while Singapore, Delhi and Mumbai will each have six weekly frequencies.
On routes operated by the Boeing 777-300ER, Premium Economy will be offered as the 12 aircraft have been fitted with the product. We’ve got more coverage on that over here.
Don’t Forget Geneva.
Geneva continues to be an important part of the SWISS network, with 25 European destinations in the coming winter schedules. Service to Scandinavia will be particularly strengthened, with one additional weekly flight to Stockholm and three more weekly frequencies each to Gothenburg and Copenhagen during the winter months.
Frequencies will also be increased on the Funchal and Tenerife routes. The most extensively-served destinations from Geneva in the coming winter timetable period are London, Athens, Lisbon, Marrakech, Porto and Nice.
The new direct flights to Brussels introduced this summer in collaboration with Brussels Airlines continue.
Chief Commercial Officer Tamur Goudarzi Pour said
“Given this summer’s difficult operating situation throughout Europe’s air transport sector, we are focusing on further stabilizing our SWISS services in the coming winter schedules,”
“In doing so, we’ll be offering our customers a range of flights that’s actually more extensive than it was before the pandemic. In Europe in particular we’re providing an attractive choice of destinations for the colder season. At the same time, though, we’ve been conservative in our planning and have reduced our flight programme by a number of frequencies, to ensure that we can keep our schedules as stable as possible.”
The 2022/23 SWISS winter schedules are now available on www.swiss.com. The winter timetable period runs from 30 October 2022 to 26 March 2023 for those who want to take advantage of the network changes and route additions.
Measured Growth for Winter.
Winter is a lean time in the aviation market – and SWISS seems to be taking a measured approach to services for the season, with it choosing to cap frequencies, rather than network size.
For those who have travel plans (including out of Bristol and Scandinavia), there are plenty of options for the season ahead.
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