SWISS expands its network in its 2005 summer schedules

18 March 2005

Swiss International Air Lines will serve 74 destinations around the world in its 2005 summer schedules – four more than in last year’s summer timetable period. SWISS will operate to 47 points in Europe and 27 intercontinental destinations. The 2005 summer timetable period runs from March 27 to October 29.

SWISS will be offering an attractive network of services to 74 destinations in 41 countries in its 2005 summer schedules. The SWISS European network will extend to 47 points in 22 countries, while intercontinental services will be offered to 27 destinations in 19 countries. Five new destinations will be served in Europe, four of them receiving seasonal service between mid-June and mid-September. Twelve further destinations will enjoy direct services from Switzerland on flights with LX flight numbers operated by partner airlines under codeshare agreements. SWISS and its partners will thus offer an extensive network of air services to all six continents, together with all the benefits of the attractive Swiss TravelClub mileage programme.

Travelling to, from or via Zurich Airport will be more comfortable and convenient than ever. Under the airport’s clear new user concept, all SWISS services to and from destinations in Europe and North Africa will be handled at the airport’s Dock A gates, while all other SWISS flights will use Dock E. The new arrangement will make Zurich one of Europe’s most attractive airports for arriving, departing and connecting passengers alike.

European services

The SWISS European network from Zurich remains virtually unchanged. The only new destination is Porto, which will receive two to three seasonal weekly services between mid-June and mid-September. Additional seasonal night flights will also be offered to Lisbon and Istanbul.

SWISS’s summer schedules offer several new services from EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. New to the network are Valencia (which will receive four weekly services) and Palma de Mallorca (with five weekly flights). Two to three weekly seasonal services will also be offered between June and September to Ajaccio (Corsica), Olbia (Sardinia) and Naples. The key London market will receive a fourth daily frequency to the centrally-located London City Airport. Service to Birmingham will be withdrawn. The routes currently operated by Crossair Europe will be taken over by SWISS, as SWISS’s Crossair Europe subsidiary will cease operations at the end of March.

SWISS’s Geneva-based network remains unchanged. A partnership has been agreed with Air France for service on the Geneva-Paris route, under which a codeshare arrangement will be applied to Air France’s ten daily flights in the course of the summer schedules and by May 1 at the latest, and SWISS will withdraw its own services on the route. The new agreement increases the range of Geneva-Paris services available to SWISS customers from six to ten daily flights.

Intercontinental services

The intercontinental network remains unchanged: SWISS continues to offer direct services to 27 intercontinental destinations from Zurich and Geneva.

Codeshares

SWISS offers further codeshare services to destinations in the USA, Europe and Australia (Sydney) from the transfer hubs of its partners American Airlines, Iberia, Finnair, SN Brussels Airlines and Qantas.

Timetable booklet

The SWISS timetable is printed in four languages and has a circulation of 230 000 copies. The booklet is available at travel agencies and any SWISS sales office. The timetable can also be accessed at swiss.com. Alternatively, it can be simply loaded onto a computer or PDA and kept fully current via monthly updates.