Darwin Airline is SWISS's new partner in Lugano

30 August 2005

Swiss International Air Lines has a new partner for its Zurich-Lugano route: the four daily services connecting Canton Ticino with SWISS's Zurich hub will be operated by Darwin Airline from the start of the 2005/06 winter schedules on October 30. SWISS's current collaboration with Cirrus Airlines will expire at the end of the present summer schedules.

SWISS has a new partner – Darwin Airline – for its services between Zurich and Lugano. The Ticino-based carrier will assume operating responsibility for the route's four daily frequencies from current SWISS partner Cirrus Airlines with the start of the 2005/06 winter schedules on October 30. All departure and arrival times remain unchanged.

The new wet-lease arrangement for SWISS's Zurich-Lugano services is a logical extension of an existing partnership: SWISS and Darwin Airline already collaborate on the technical maintenance of Darwin Airline's Saab 2000 aircraft.

"I am very happy with our team-up with our new partner," says SWISS CEO Christoph Franz. "And I am especially pleased that we have chosen a Ticino-based airline to operate the services that link Lugano into the SWISS network."