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Almost 700 flights cancelled: Which routes are Swiss airlines cutting?

Due to staffing issues and a range of associated factors, Swiss will cut further flights from its offerings this summer. Here’s what’s set to be cut.

Swiss airline has grounded a number of its flights. Photo: Pixabay
Swiss airline has grounded a number of its flights. Photo: Pixabay

The legacy of the Covid pandemic and spikes in fuel costs have put significant pressure on airlines the world over. 

Swiss, Switzerland’s flagship carrier, SWISS already said on June 8th that it is cancelling a number of flights from both Zurich in Geneva during the busy summer travel season, including those to London Heathrow and San Francisco.

READ MORE: Swiss airlines warn of ticket price hikes and more summer cancellations

On Sunday, Switzerland’s national airline announced that on top of the flights already suspended, “further cuts unfortunately cannot be avoided due to resource constraints and operational challenges across the airline industry”.

Which lines are set to be cut? 

On Tuesday, the airline announced it would be suspending 674 more flights between August and October, without specifying at this time which routes will be affected.

That figure is from a total of 31,414 flights, which means just above two percent of the total flights will be cut. 

Swiss news outlet Blick reported later on Tuesday that a mix of short and long-haul flights would be cut. 

This includes flights from Zurich to Berlin, Vienna, Birmingham and Luxembourg within Europe. 

Outside of Europe, flights to Dubai and Johannesburg have been cut. 

Further flights to the United States have also been canceled, although Swiss air has not yet revealed which destinations will be impacted. 

‘Operational limit’

Swiss air said a variety of factors had conspired to push the company to its operational limit. 

“The complex aviation system in Europe and worldwide is currently at the operational limit. In view of the ever-tightening framework conditions and in order to fulfil our responsibility towards our passengers in a forward-looking manner, we will make this contribution to relieving the load on the entire system.”

“We very much regret the further flight plan adjustments that have become necessary and expressly apologize to the passengers affected and our partners for the inconvenience caused as a result.” 

Parent airline Lufthansa has also cut around 2,200 flights for similar reasons. 

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Five European cities you can reach from Zurich in less than five hours by train

Switzerland is a beautiful country, but it also has a great location right in the centre of Europe, making it an ideal starting point for train travel. Here are five destinations you can reach in less than five hours from Zurich.

Five European cities you can reach from Zurich in less than five hours by train

As summer is still in full swing and there are many vacation days (or free weekends) to enjoy the sunny weather, it’s not the wrong time to do some travelling. Switzerland is a beautiful country, but it’s also centrally located in Europe. This means that many major European cities are reachable in just a few hours.

If you are located in Zurich, for example, then you are very near Germany, France, Italy, Liechtenstein and Austria. In less than five hours, visiting beautiful cities in these five countries is possible by taking a comfortable train ride.

So, select your final destination, get your ticket, and enjoy the ride.

READ ALSO: Switzerland’s ten most beautiful villages you have to visit

From Zurich to Strasbourg

It will take you just about 2 hours and 30 minutes (including time to stop and change trains in Basel) to get from Zurich’s mains station to the beautiful and historical city of Strasbourg, in northeast France.

Prices vary depending on several factors, but we found one-way tickets for just around CHF 23 on a Friday.

From Zurich to Munich

The capital of Bavaria can be reached from Zurich’s central station on a direct train in just 3 hours 30 minutes, allowing for short stays.

Munich may seem quite far away on a map, but the fast trains without stopovers actually make the journey quick and pleasant. We found one-way tickets for around CHF 70 on a Friday trip.

From Zurich to Vaduz

The capital of Liechtenstein is easy to reach in less than 2 hours from the Zurich central station. In fact, some journeys will take just about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The lovely town bordering Switzerland has many tourist attractions, from its pedestrian historical centre to castles and parks. Train ticket prices always vary, but we found tickets for a one-way journey on a Friday costing CHF 20.

READ ALSO: Travel: What are the best night train routes to and from Switzerland?

From Zurich to Milan

Depending on the train you take, you can get from Zurich to Italy’s fashion capital in three to four hours with a direct train.

Before 2016, when the Gotthard Base Tunnel was opened to rail traffic, a trip from Zurich to Milan took an hour longer. It’s possible to find tickets for about CHF 70 for a one-way trip on a Friday.

From Zurich to Innsbruck

From Zurich, it is possible to hop on a direct train and, in just over 3 hours and 30 minutes, arrive in the beautiful town of Innsbruck, in the mountains of Tyrol.

Ticket costs vary, but we found tickets for a relatively short-notice one-way trip on a Friday (without discounts) for CHF 84.

READ ALSO: Five beautiful Swiss villages located near Alpine lakes

Cost:

Fares depend on several factors, such as time of the day and day of the week when you travel.

While a rock-bottom cheap fare may be available one day in the morning, it won’t necessarily be offered the next day (or week) in the afternoon, or vice-versa.

Prices also depend on whether you are entitled to any discounts and which wagon you choose.

If you are interested in travelling farther afield, including with night trains, or if you are in other Swiss cities, these articles provide more information:

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