The reduction by a third of Swiss ’s fleet, and thus of its throughput, has inevitably had repercussions for Geneva International Airport.
From the next Winter timetable onwards, i.e. starting on 26 October 2003, Swiss will cease to operate direct flights to eight destinations: Basle-Mulhouse, London-City, Lugano, Malaga, Warsaw, Nice, Casablanca and Tunis - the last three are served by other airlines.
Compared with the dropping of 22 destinations, 8 of them long-haul, out of 92 in Zurich and of another 8 out of 21 as well in Basle-Mulhouse, the cut-back in Geneva, which is keeping a total of 70 destinations served by direct scheduled flights, should not reduce overmuch the attractiveness of French-speaking Switzerland and neighbouring France.
The management of Geneva International Airport will endeavour to attract to the Airport other airlines to take the place of Swiss.
As to the reduction of some 300 jobs in the Lake Leman Basin, the heartening continued growth of air traffic in Geneva (passenger numbers up by 7.2% at the end of the first half of 2003) allows an expectation that some of the people given their notice can be redeployed.
Geneva International Airport expresses the hope for Swiss that these drastic measures will enable it to ensure its viability.