Swiss Air Transport Foundation established

3 October 2005

The Swiss Air Transport Foundation was established today in the Swiss city of Zug. The foundation's mandate is to support the development of air transport and its related infrastructure in Switzerland, as well as the integration of SWISS into the Lufthansa Airline Group. In this role, the foundation will endeavour to ensure that Switzerland's interests are given due consideration.

The foundation was established today, following the selection of its members in July by the SWISS Board of Directors, in consultation with the key stakeholders involved. The foundation is to exist for ten years. Bruno Gehrig will be the its chairman. The other members are Raymond Cron, Thomas Bieger, Claudio Generali and Conrad Meyer. An observer to be determined by Lufthansa will attend the meetings held by the foundations' trustees.

Foundation chairman Bruno Gehrig commented on this new challenge: "Air transport and its infrastructure are of primary importance for Switzerland as a business location and tourist destination. We are pleased that the foundation will be able to contribute to the development of air transport in Switzerland and to support the integration of SWISS into the Lufthansa Group, with due consideration being given to Switzerland's interests.

The foundation will meet several times each year with the Board of Directors and Management of SWISS in order to keep abreast of all the topics relevant to SWISS. The foundation is entitled to comment publicly on issues relating to air transport in Switzerland. The Swiss Air Transport Foundation is also entitled to make non-binding, confidential recommendations to executive management of SWISS and Lufthansa.

Note to the media:

Upon the establishment of the foundation, the independent communications consultant Karin Rhomberg (Rhomberg Mari Schmid Partners AG; Tel. 044 202 52 65; e-mail: is responsible for handling media enquiries relating to the foundation.