Travel: Switzerland’s airlines announce new flights

Travel: Switzerland’s airlines announce new flights
New routes are on the schedule for Swiss airlines. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini /AFP
Two oSwitzerland-based airlines announced the extension of their services beginning in July.

SWISS International Airlines

Switzerland’s flagship airline is restarting flights between Geneva and Zurich.

For the months of July and August, a dozen weekly connections are scheduled . In September and October, that number should increas to 21 flights a week.

The 35-minute air shuttle between Switzerland’s two international airports is especially popular with passengers connecting to and from long-haul destinations.

However, some have argued that such short flights leave a significant carbon footprint on the environment, and the distance should be covered by train rather than plane. 

SWISS will also extend its network over the summer months. From Geneva, it will operate 24 routes, including a large number of tourist destinations in southern Europe.

With regard to the long-haul network, the airline will resume operations from Zurich to 13 destinations in July, and 18 from October. Newly served airports include São Paulo, Shanghai, Montreal and Tel Aviv.

These destinations will supplement the already existing international flights from both Geneva and Zurich airports. 

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Helvetic Airways

In its press release, the Zurich-based regional airline announced that it would begin to resume its flight operations on July 5th. 

Starting on that day it will fly from Bern to Palma de Mallorca, and from Zurich to Pristina in Kosovo and Ohrid in North Macedonia.

From July 18th, Helvetic will also fly from Sion (VS) to Palma de Mallorca under the airline’s new collaboration with a Swiss start-up virtual airline flyBAIR. 

“These services should be expanded to Crete and Rhodes in August, and to Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, Menorca and Preveza in September”, the airline said.

It added that “current travel restrictions are taken into account and the flight plans are adjusted accordingly”.

Before making reservations, please verify whether any of the SWISS or Helvetic destinations you are interested in are on the Swiss government’s list of high-risk countries, where the incidence of coronavirus infections is still high. 

If so, you will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days upon returning to Switzerland. 


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