The health crisis has hit the airline industry hard for more than a year. Progress in vaccination and the gradual lifting of travel restrictions point to a resumption of tourism from June. Genève Aéroport, easyJet, SWISS and all the platform stakeholders are mobilised and ready to welcome passengers with complete peace of mind.
Finally, the resumption of airport activities is looming for this summer! In recent weeks, Genève Aéroport, easyJet and SWISS have observed an increase in tourist demand. At Genève Aéroport, all indicators confirm this positive trend and a solid recovery for the next three months is emerging.
In May 2021, line/charter passenger traffic was -84% compared to the same period in 2019, i.e. 229,000 passengers. Traffic is expected to increase steadily in June, July and August to reach between 50% and 60% of 2019 passengers. « Making quantified projections beyond 6 to 8 weeks is difficult, as experience has shown us that the health environment can change quickly, » says André Schneider, CEO of Genève Aéroport. « In any case, we are looking forward to the summer with confidence and to meeting up with our valued clients again. This announced recovery will help get out of the crisis and ensure the sustainability of companies on the platform. »
In view of these encouraging prospects, the range of flights departing from Geneva is considerably expanding for the summer season: more than 100 direct destinations, operated by some forty airlines are available to passengers, to Europe but also beyond, in particular to the Middle East, Africa and an expected recovery to North America.
Genève Aéroport and its partners have been planning this resumption of activities for several weeks. The objective is to offer users optimal travel conditions in terms of health and operation. An educational video on the passenger's route, from their home to the boarding gate, has been developed. In addition, a web page https://www.gva.ch/summer2021 has been set up to help travellers plan their holidays. It lists the destinations departing from Geneva this summer and the number of flights operated each week. At the same time, Genève Aéroport is launching a poster campaign in the region in mid-June. Under the slogan «J’y suis!» (I’m there!), it aims to encourage inhabitants of the French-speaking Switzerland and neighbouring France to get away for a break this summer.
easyJet and SWISS ready for the summer
easyJet is preparing for this summer’s recovery by maintaining the agility necessary to deploy up to 90% of its fleet in peak season across its network. The airline plans to serve 40 destinations from Geneva in June and 65 in July and August, with a focus on Portugal and Mediterranean seaside resorts. It has also launched a new Geneva-Antalya route.
« For this season, the challenge will be both to maintain connectivity to the most popular destinations and to meet a demand that remains subject to governmental travel policies », explains Jean-Marc Thévenaz, executive director of easyJet Switzerland. « As such, we are impatiently awaiting the implementation of the Swiss health certificate compatible with the COVID certificate of the European Union to simplify travel while guaranteeing health security, in addition to existing protocols, especially on board our aircraft. »
For the summer season, SWISS will offer a total of 40 connections from Geneva. Direct services will be resumed, in particular to Alicante, Biarritz, Brindisi, Catania, Faro, Heraklion, Ibiza, Corfu, Mykonos and Thessaloniki. SWISS will also offer new connections to Funchal, Ponta Delgada, Santorini, Split, Sharm el-Sheikh and Tenerife. By mid-summer, SWISS expects to be offering between 50 and 55% of its 2019 capacity.
« We have recently seen an increase in bookings for the summer, which clearly shows us a return of the desire to travel, with particular interest from travellers to the Iberian Peninsula, Greece and Italy. Overall, reservation levels are still much lower than before the pandemic and there are unfortunately no signs of structural recovery in air transport at present » underlines Romain Vetter, General Manager for French-speaking Switzerland.
SWISS continues to offer its passengers full flexibility to modify their reservations. It also continues its efforts to develop and use internationally recognised digital health certificates making travel simple and safe.
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