69 worldwide destinations in SWISS’s 2005/06 winter schedules

25 August 2005

Swiss International Air Lines will be offering flights to 42 European and 27 intercontinental destinations in its 2005/06 winter schedules. The new timetable sees the further development of SWISS’s growing collaboration with Lufthansa and Star Alliance members TAP Portugal and Austrian Airlines. SWISS will operate its winter schedules with a 70-aircraft fleet. In view of market conditions in the Basel region, SWISS will be substantially reducing its services to and from EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.

SWISS and Lufthansa will be harmonising their services between Switzerland and Germany from the start of the 2005/06 winter schedules on October 30. All Lufthansa and all SWISS flights between the two countries will be operated on a codeshare basis. The new arrangement offers substantial benefits and added value for customers of the two partners, in the form of more frequencies, additional destinations and better connections (through coordinated timetables) at the three hubs of Zurich, Frankfurt and Munich. SWISS and Lufthansa are also working to create additional codeshare services, which will be gradually introduced between their hubs and further European and intercontinental destinations.

SWISS is also expanding the codeshare services it operates together with Star Alliance members TAP Portugal and Austrian Airlines. All flights between Switzerland and Portugal (from Zurich to Lisbon and from Geneva to Lisbon and Porto) will now operate as codeshares with TAP Portugal, and all services to Vienna from Basel, Geneva and Zurich will be operated as codeshares with Austrian Airlines. Further codeshare agreements are currently being planned. Details of these will be communicated in due time.

SWISS will offer its own services to a total of 69 destinations – 27 intercontinental and 42 European – in its new winter schedules. These will be operated by a fleet of 70 aircraft.

SWISS’s own service pattern to and from Zurich will remain virtually unchanged, with a network of 41 European and 27 intercontinental destinations. SWISS’s own operations will be supplemented by numerous codeshare services to various points in Europe and farther afield. All SWISS services between Switzerland and Germany will be harmonised with those of Lufthansa. In cases in which the two carriers previously competed against each other with almost simultaneous departures, these flights will now be spread out, offering customers a denser overall network of frequencies throughout the day. SWISS customers will enjoy no fewer than 54 daily services between Zurich and Germany, compared with the present 35.

Service from Geneva will see the addition of Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Vienna and Porto to the SWISS network, through codeshare agreements with Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and TAP Portugal. Flights to Lisbon will be operated solely by TAP Portugal from the beginning of September onwards, following the introduction of the new codeshare agreement between the carrier and SWISS. Service will be withdrawn from the Geneva-Rome route at the beginning of October. Otherwise, SWISS’s Geneva-based service pattern remains unchanged for the winter schedules. SWISS will thus offer seven of its own and 13 codeshare destinations from Geneva. The codeshare flights to the Lufthansa hubs of Frankfurt and Munich will substantially expand the range of connecting services available to customers from the Geneva region.

Basel: SWISS announced back in January 2005 that, for economic reasons, it is no longer able to maintain its services to and from Basel in their present form. In the current competitive environment, small regional aircraft cannot be viably operated. In view of this, the planned collaboration with regional carriers has also proved impossible. As a result of these developments, SWISS has redefined its Basel-based services. From October 30 onwards, SWISS will serve London City, Brussels and Amsterdam from EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg using one Embraer 145 and one Avro RJ100. Frankfurt, Munich and Düsseldorf will also be served from Basel through a codeshare agreement with Lufthansa, and Vienna will be similarly served via a codeshare with Austrian Airlines.