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Airlines offer rock-bottom prices for flights from Switzerland

Airlines offer rock-bottom prices for flights from Switzerland
Getting there is cheap right now. ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP
As summer travel looks set to rebound this summer, it is becoming cheaper, at least for now, to fly out of Switzerland.

Air traffic almost came to a standstill in 2020 due to the pandemic. However, an upsurge in international travel is expected this summer as more countries are easing their entry restrictions and airlines based at Swiss airports are adding new flights to their schedules.

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To attract customers after18 months of very slow activity, airlines are drastically lowering their prices on some routes.

This means that if you are planning a holiday abroad, you will be able — depending on your destination, of course — to buy tickets for well under 100 francs.

The cheapest air ticket right now is a 5-franc fare from Basel EuroAirport to Dublin on Ryanair, according to  a report published in Swiss tabloid Blick.

This is the price for a one way-ticket only, no add-ons. However, if you want to include a suitcase and a seat reservation, you will still only spend 40 francs.

Other airlines are following suit. For example, on certain days in July it is possible to take a Wizzair flight from Basel to Palermo for 26 francs, from Geneva to Paris on EasyJet for under 50 francs, and to Nice from Geneva with SWISS for 80.

You can also fly to some holiday destinations on EasyJet from Geneva — for instance to Ajaccio — and to Porto from both Geneva and Zurich for under 100 francs.

Flights are cheaper right now than they were during the same period in 2019 because  occupancy rates of many planes are still low. However, prices will go up as soon as the demand for air travel recovers.

“We will not take part in a ruinous price war”, SWISS spokesperson Meike Fuhlrott told the Blick.

But at least one charge will not be added to the cost of airline tickets.

Since Swiss voters rejected the CO2 law on June 13th, the planned tax of 30 francs per ticket for short flights and up to 120 francs on long-haul ones, will not be added.

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