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Swiss expands its network for summer 2022


Swiss International Air Lines is expanding its network for summer 2022, with six new European destinations to add from its bases in Zurich and Geneva and services to popular North American destinations to be restored.

From Zurich, Swiss will start serving Bologna, Nantes, Sofia and Vilnius from the end of March, while Odessa will be added to the network in July. According to the airline, the most frequently served destinations in Europe from Zurich for the summer season will be Berlin, Hamburg, Heathrow and Amsterdam, while the largest year-over-year capacity increases will be seen on flights from Zurich to Porto, Palermo, Tallinn and Billund.

For the international network out of Zurich, Swiss will focus on expanding frequencies to and from North America, with New York JFK, Boston and Chicago each receiving flights twice a day versus once a day in summer. last. The airline will also restore services to Delhi and Mumbai, both of which have been suspended throughout the pandemic. In addition, the bi-weekly service to Beirut that was launched this winter will continue next summer, as will the bi-weekly flights to Buenos Aires via Sao Paulo.

Meanwhile, Swiss will launch a new service between Geneva and Brussels to complement the existing service on the route offered by its fellow transporter of the Lufthansa Brussels Airlines group. Heathrow, Athens, Lisbon, Porto and Frankfurt will see the most frequent services of the season, according to Swiss.

Geneva will also see an increase in the frequency of flights to New York, with Swiss offering up to seven services per week during the summer 2022 schedule. The route was recently restored in partnership with Star Alliance partner United Airlines . The two carriers each operate four flights per week.

Swiss has announced that it will publish its 2022 summer schedule in two parts, with flights between March 27 and May 31 available on its website starting today. The program from June 1 to October 30 will be published on January 12. However, tickets for the entire flight season can be booked from today and all passengers whose flights are canceled will be able to rebook for free or receive a full refund of their ticket, the airline said.

In total, Swiss plans to restore around 80% of its 2019 capacity by the third quarter of 2022.

Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Commercial Director of Swiss, said: “Although the pandemic situation is still tense, we remain confident that we will be able to significantly expand our range of services for next summer with improved overall parameters. Our aim is to offer our customers a complete and varied choice of Swiss flights. At the same time, the stability and reliability of our timetables will remain one of our top priorities.