In winter, 85 percent of the destinations should be served - but only with 30 to 40 percent of the capacity.
Swiss is suffering more from the consequences of the Corona crisis than expected. This also has an impact on the winter flight schedule that was presented today. "Due to the global development of the pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions and quarantine regulations instead of effective corona test procedures, our planned flight program for the coming winter falls short of our original expectations," said Swiss sales manager Tamur Goudarzi Pour.
While a flight plan of up to 50 percent was planned until a few weeks ago, the Lufthansa subsidiary now had to cut this down to around 30 to a maximum of 40 percent of the previous year, taking developments into account. Overall, they want to fly to around 85 percent of the destinations again in the coming winter. 67 from Zurich and 21 from Geneva.
In the long-haul segment, Swiss will be flying to Boston again in October. The city on the US coast will initially be served twice a week, and from March three times a week. There are also flights to Johannesburg again. Three flights a week are planned. In addition, the Zurich-Dubai route will be served three times a week from the end of October; in the medium term, Dubai is to be connected from Zurich at least five times a week. The flag carrier of Switzerland is also planning three weekly flights to Los Angeles and Miami as well as to the Indian capital New Delhi from March 2021.
The following long-haul destinations are also served from Zurich: Newark, New York JFK, Chicago, San Francisco, Montreal, São Paulo, Tel Aviv, Mumbai, Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The African cities of Nairobi and Dar es Salaam will not be served in winter 2020/2021.
Despite all the uncertainties, the Lufthansa subsidiary plans to resume the following destinations with the winter flight schedule on the short-haul route from Zurich: Munich and Wroclaw at the end of October, Luxembourg, Birmingham, London City and Nuremberg in February 2021 and Graz in March. During the Christmas season, when there is usually a high number of visitors, Palma de Mallorca, Bilbao, Sylt, Naples and Thessaloniki are also served.
From Geneva, Swiss will fly directly to Pristina again at the beginning of October and to Marrakech in mid-October. Prague will join them at the end of October and Moscow at the beginning of November. From mid-December the following destinations will be served again: Málaga, Valencia, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Dublin, Hurghada, Kittilä, Saint Petersburg and London Gatwick. From February 2021, the airline will also be flying direct from Geneva to London City again.