For those who are planning their winter breaks, SWISS has launched its Winter 2023 programme.
The airline plans to offer 68 short- and medium-haul destinations out of its Zurich and Geneva hubs, running from 29 October 2023 to 30 March 2024.
Operating out of Zurich
A new route to operate out of Zurich will be to Bremen in Northern Germany, which will receive a four-times-weekly service that is aimed at both leisure and business travellers. The service was operated in Winter 2018/2019 but suspended for… well, the usual reasons.
In terms of boosts, SWISS will also be increasing its frequencies from Zurich to various further German cities, with six more weekly flights (compared to winter 2022/2023) to Düsseldorf, four more to Hamburg and an additional two to Hanover.
Prague and Bucharest will also have their SWISS services substantially expanded in the coming winter period, receiving an additional seven and five weekly flights respectively.
Other destinations which will be upscaled this winter include Berlin (52 weekly flights), Barcelona (28 weekly flights), Amsterdam (28 weekly flights) and Athens (19 weekly flights).
Portugal is a further focus in the coming SWISS winter schedules, with the capital Lisbon receiving 14 weekly flights from Zurich and Porto served up to 11 times a week.
Last, but not least, SWISS service will be resumed on the Zurich-Vienna route, with three flights a day to the Austrian capital. The route will also be operated by sister Lufthansa Group carrier Austrian Airlines with multiple daily flights.
Meanwhile in Geneva
SWISS will also offer its customers a varied range of 21 short- and medium-haul destinations from Geneva in the coming winter schedules.
Beneficiaries will include services to London, Lisbon, Porto and Athens.
In addition, the service to Hamburg introduced in the summer timetable will also be continued, with four weekly frequencies.
Finally, SWISS will offer further services to Geneva from the UK and Scandinavia that are mainly aimed at winter sports travellers.
SWISS is aiming to stand more on its own feet this winter, the airline is planning to reduce the number of wet-lease flights during the coming winter. The aim is to halve the number of flights operated by Air Baltic and Helvetic Airways on behalf of SWISS during the winter.
Although that could be in the hands of others, depending on supply chains.
SWISS Chief Commercial Officer Tamur Goudarzi Pour said:
“We are pleased to be offering the many people who are currently showing such a strong desire to travel an even broader range of routes and services in our coming winter schedules,”
“And, in doing so, to be continuing on our present path of steady and stable growth.”
A busy winter
As the summer season prepares to go into high gear, airlines will be considering their options for the winter, and where the market can take them.
It seems SWISS has gone down the line of reinforcing its network to strengthen both sun and ski routes, whilst providing the capacity for those who are travelling.
It’s going to be a busy winter – providing it can get its fleet up to strength.
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