Swiss International Air Lines is to add Kiev to its European route network from the start of the 2013/14 winter schedules
The flights will be operated with Airbus A320 equipment seating 152 passengers. The airline’s Asian route network will be enlarged with the addition of a new daily non-stop flight between Zurich and Singapore from mid-May. In addition, the existing Zurich-Beijing and Zurich-Newark services will be switched from Airbus A340 to Airbus A330 operation, providing greater capacity. SWISS’s European network will also be selectively expanded to meet the corresponding seasonal demand.
“Alongside our new long-haul destination of Singapore, we’re also actively investing in our European network, despite the currently adverse business and economic conditions,” explains SWISS CEO Harry Hohmeister. “Kiev is a market with large and steadily growing demand, and we aim to meet this through our new daily service.”
After Russia, Ukraine is the second-biggest export market for Switzerland among the CIS states. Kiev joins Warsaw, Prague, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Moscow and St. Petersburg to become SWISS’s eighth destination in Eastern Europe.
Increased capacity and more destinations during summer 2013
From 12 May onwards the airline will offer a new daily non-stop flight between Zurich and Singapore. The new route will be operated with Airbus A340-300 equipment providing 219 seats in a three-class cabin configuration. The airline will also be increasing the capacity on its Zurich-Beijing and Zurich-Newark services from the start of the summer schedules by switching these flights from Airbus A340 to A330 operation with 236 seats. And, as in 2012, the frequencies on SWISS’s Zurich-Chicago route will be raised from a daily service to eleven flights a week from June onwards.
SWISS is also making selective adjustments to its European services from Zurich in its summer schedules in response to seasonal demand. The airline will add a further daily flight to its Zurich-Lisbon route from April onwards. And two new destinations, Olbia with two weekly services and Catania with one weekly flight, will join the network from July to August. SWISS will also be expanding its Zurich-Barcelona service from 28 to 32 flights a week over the same July-to-August period, while services on the Zurich-Dublin route will be increased from seven to nine weekly flights.
SWISS will also be providing further summer air services to attractive leisure destinations with its partner Edelweiss Air. From Zurich, the new services introduced last summer to Tampa Bay and Vancouver will be offered once again. Weekly services will also be provided from Zurich to various other destinations including Male and Punta Cana.