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Swiss launches daily flights to Ukraine capital

Malcolm Curtis · 27 Oct 2013, 21:57

Published: 27 Oct 2013 21:57 GMT+01:00

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Swiss, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, is flying 152- passenger Airbus 320 aircraft on its direct daily service to the Ukrainian capital.

The service meets a growing demand for transport links with the Ukraine, which is Switzerland’s second largest commercial partner from the Commonwealth of Independent States, a group of nine former Soviet states, including Russia.

The 9.45am flight is linked with feeder flights from Geneva, Basel/Mulhouse and Lugano.

Swiss already offers scheduled flights to Eastern European capitals such as Warsaw, Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, Belgrade and Moscow, as well as Saint Petersburg.

Swiss said it will be eliminating, as it did last year, certain frequencies to other European destinations and on some North American routes in response to projected lower demand in the winter timetable period, which runs to March 29th 2014.

But it is also boosting the number of weekly flights from Zurich to Miami from seven to 10 flights, as it did last winter.

Meanwhile, the airline said it plans to add six new destinations from Geneva “in the coming months”.

These include Stockholm (up to four weekly flights), Oslo (up to three times weekly) and Gothenburg (up to twice weekly) in Scandinavia.

Other new destinations include Belgrade (up to twice weekly), London Gatwick (up to three times weekly) and Marrakech in Morocco (up to three times weekly).

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Swiss said it is suspending flights to Rome from Basel for the winter, while services to Barcelona and Prague will be reduced.

These services will be restored in the summer 2014 schedule, the carrier said.

Swiss said its serving a total of 76 destinations, 52 of them in Europe and 24 of them intercontinental, for the winter season, reaching 40 countries with a fleet of 91 aircraft.

Malcolm Curtis (news@thelocal.ch)

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