SWISS to expand its Geneva-based network


SWISS is to introduce a new daily service between Geneva and Prague on December 15. Services between Geneva and London City Airport will also be increased to six daily frequencies from the same date. With the introduction of the new flights, SWISS will offer direct service to 21 destinations from Geneva.

The new daily Geneva-Prague service will depart from Geneva at 11:40 on weekdays, arriving in the Czech capital at 13:25. The westbound flight will leave Prague at 13:55 and arrive in Geneva at 15:35. Services at the weekend will operate to different schedules. All flights will be operated using Avro RJ100 equipment.

SWISS service on the Geneva-London City route is to be increased from four to six daily flights. The main innovation here will be a late-evening Geneva-London frequency which will return the following morning, enabling UK-based travellers to arrive in Geneva as early as 09:30.

As a result of its recent resizing, SWISS is now recording black-ink operating results for its Geneva-based network. The company is now building on this foundation, and taking advantage of an increase in the availability of its regional aircraft fleet, to open the new Prague route and raise its Geneva-London City capacity by a further 33%.

Other timetable adjustments

The introduction of the new services will entail certain changes to other existing schedules. Service to Malaga will be reduced from twice to once a week; and modifications will also be made to the Geneva-Zurich shuttle. The present morning service which departs from Geneva at 06:35 will be moved to an evening departure at 19:00. In a further change, all Geneva-Zurich shuttle services will now be operated by Airbus A320-family aircraft except the first morning flight from Geneva and the last evening departure from Zurich.

With the introduction of the new flights, SWISS will offer direct service to 21 destinations from Geneva. Eight of these will be served by SWISS aircraft, while the flights on the other 13 routes will be operated by partner airlines under codeshare agreements.

SWISS is further expanding its Geneva-based network: Valencia will receive three SWISS services a week from March 10. With the addition of the new route, SWISS will serve 22 destinations from Geneva either with its own flights or in collaboration with codeshare partners. Valencia will be the 70th destination in the SWISS route network.

SWISS will introduce scheduled services between Geneva and Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, on March 10. A thrice-weekly service will initially be provided. With the start of the 2007 summer timetables, on March 25th,  SWISS plans to add a fourth frequency. As host to the America’s Cup, the world’s most famous and prestigious yachting competition, Valencia will be a prime focus of the sports community next summer.

After extensive restructuring, SWISS is now generating black-ink results from its Geneva-based flight operations. SWISS and Lufthansa have now announced new services between Geneva and four destinations – Stuttgart, Hamburg, Prague and Valencia – over the past few weeks.

SWISS will offer service to 22 destinations from Geneva from mid-March onwards. Nine of these routes will be operated by SWISS itself, while 13 will be operated by airline partners under codeshare agreements.