These are the airlines restarting flights to and from Switzerland

These are the airlines restarting flights to and from Switzerland
Planes at Geneva Airport. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
As countries across Europe open up their borders, we look at the companies - and the possible destinations - that are available or coming up.

 

Swiss

After being grounded since March, Swiss International Airline is planning to resume some of its flight operations.

“The ramp-up will follow in stages, and the range of flights available will gradually be increased over the weeks ahead”, the airline announced on its website, adding that 15 to 20 percent of its original services will resume in June.

Swiss plans to increase its services to Italy, and will resume services from Zurich to Brindisi, Florence, Naples, Palermo, Rome and other destinations in the second half of June. 

From Geneva, Swiss passengers will again be able to fly to Faro and Nice, among other destinations. 

Connections to Scandinavia are being increased with flights to Gothenburg in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark.

Swiss will also be adding other destinations to its schedule, including Paris, Brussels, and Moscow. The existing services to Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Lisbon, London, Porto and Stockholm will be expanded.

On its long-haul, intercontinental routes, the airline will offer three weekly services from Zurich to Newark (USA), four weekly flights from Zurich to New York JFK, twice weekly to Chicago, once weekly to Singapore and Bangkok, twice weekly to Tokyo and Hong Kong, three times weekly to Mumbai, and once a week to Johannesburg. 

Swiss plans to further expand its flights and routes over the summer months and “will continue to monitor closely the development of travel restrictions worldwide”, the airline said.

On May 6th, the Swiss parliament approved bank guarantees of over 1.27 billion francs to help Swiss and its sister airline, Edelweiss, stay financially afloat after both stopped flying in mid-March.

It also approved 600 million francs for companies working at the Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports.

Easyjet

Low-cost airline Easyjet will again fly to and from Geneva, starting on June 15th. 

The airline announced on Thursday, May 21st, that it would resume services to and from a number of European cities.

As yet, the routes will include Barcelona, Lisbon, Nice and Porto. 

READ: Swiss travel agencies extend cancellation deadline for foreign trips

After grounding planes due to the coronavirus crisis, Easyjet would again open up a limited number of routes based on customer demand. 

The airline said it hoped demand would be high on the selected routes, saying it needed to again generate revenue in order to survive the crisis. 

The British airline company said passengers would be expected to comply with strict hygiene standards. 

All passengers and cabin crew will be required to wear masks – with passengers expected to bring their own. 

READ: When can Swiss residents travel abroad this summer?

The airline promised “enhanced cleaning of all planes”, with hand sanitiser and cleaning wipes available on board. 

Despite previously saying it would consider blocking off all middle seats to better ensure social distancing, Easyjet on said this was no longer on the table. 

Some airports indicated they would temperature scan passengers before flying. 

Food will no longer be offered on board. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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