SWISS to expand services from EuroAirport Basel

18. November 2004

SWISS is to offer a broader range of services from EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg from the start of the 2005 summer schedules. Valencia and Palma de Mallorca join the Basel-based network; and seasonal flights will also be offered to Corsica, Sardinia and Naples from June to September. Service to London (City) Airport will also be increased.

SWISS is convinced that Basel’s “TriRhena” catchment area (comprising Northwest Switzerland, Alsace and Southwest Baden-Württemberg) holds sizeable business potential, and intends to further develop its current market position. To do so, SWISS will be selectively expanding its present range of services from EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg to offer customers an attractive network that is tailored as closely as possible to their air travel needs. The services will be operated with a fleet of nine Saab 2000 aircraft. The expanded network will come into effect with the new summer schedules at the end of March 2005.

The changes will see SWISS expand its services between Basel and Spain with the addition of two new destinations: Palma de Mallorca, the popular tourist destination, which will receive five weekly services; and Valencia, the venue for the next America’s Cup, which will be served four times a week.

SWISS will also be increasing the range of vacation destinations available to the TriRhena region by offering services to more points in the Mediterranean during the summer months. Ajaccio (Corsica), Olbia (Sardinia) and Naples will all be served from Basel from mid-June to mid-September.

A further expansion sees the key London market receive a fourth daily frequency. All SWISS’s Basel-London flights operate to City Airport, which is conveniently close to the central business district.

“We are convinced that our new expanded network offers an attractive product to the TriRhena region,” says SWISS Vice President TriRhena Stefan Gutknecht. “It should help keep us well anchored in this important tri-national market, with a timetable that is finely tuned to both business and leisure travellers’ needs.”