Genève Aéroport welcomes the decision of SWISS and United Airlines to resume flights between Geneva and New York-JFK / New York-Newark respectively before the end of the year. This historic route in Geneva’s network has a strong symbolic value for diplomacy, business and tourism.
United Airlines will re-establish its Geneva-Newark service from November 1, 2021, with four flights a week and a scheduled departure time of 09:15.; SWISS will operate up to four flights a week to JFK from December 14, 2021, departing at 11:30. The two airlines are codeshare partners and members of the Star Alliance.
More generally, the reopening of the US borders is very good news. The announcement of the US decision to lift the ban of entry for vaccinated Europeans as of November is a major step in the recovery of global air traffic, allowing the perspective of transatlantic traffic recovery to become reality.
The route between Geneva and New York is one of the airport's historic flagship. It was launched just after the war in 1947 to link the two UN centres. Throughout the decades, this link has served as a diplomatic bridge and has played a full role in the service of International Geneva. Today, Geneva is home to more than 30 intergovernmental organisations and nearly 400 NGOs and, before the crisis, hosted more than 3,000 international conferences and meetings per year. In addition, many American multinationals have regional headquarters in French-speaking Switzerland.
The freight market is also very important and Swiss exporters are currently lacking capacity on direct flights from Geneva to the US, with business in some sectors already well above pre-crisis levels. In 2019, New York was the largest market for air cargo tonnage from Geneva worldwide, so the recovery of these flights is also very positive for this sector.
Geneva Airport is therefore continuing the gradual recovery of its direct service to North America. As a reminder, Air Canada has already resumed its flights to Montreal since last June, with great success. In normal times, the transatlantic market remains essential to Geneva's activity. In 2019, more than 450,000 passengers were carried to and from North America, including 317'000 for the United States market only (on direct flights).
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