LONDON – SWISS has today announced the expansion of the Winter 2022/23 schedule, joining the plethora of other airlines planning for the short-term.
From Zurich & Geneva, the airline will offer services to 93 destinations across the world and aims to offer around 80% capacity to that of 2019 levels.
New destinations of highlight will be Bristol, Bologna, Nantes, Sofia & Vilnius, which is a substantial expansion across its European network.
The Bristol route in particular is an extra-new route, which will operate on a once-weekly basis from February 4 using its Airbus A220s and Embraer E190s with Helvetic.
The new European services initiated to Bologna, Nantes, Sofia, and Vilnius in this year’s summer schedules will also be continued in the coming winter timetable period.
Elsewhere, services to destinations such as Belgrade, Porto, Alicante, Barcelona, and Málaga will be expanded.
On the intercontinental front, SWISS flights to Asia will also be increased: Bangkok will receive daily service again, while Singapore, Delhi, and Mumbai will each have six weekly frequencies.
SWISS passengers will also be able to enjoy the new Premium Economy Class for the first time this winter throughout the Boeing 777 long-haul fleet.
The aircraft will be deployed on the Bangkok, Dubai (up to and including 8 January 2023), Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, São Paulo, Singapore, and Tokyo routes.
“Given this summer’s difficult operating situation throughout Europe’s air transport sector, we are focusing on further stabilizing our SWISS services in the coming winter schedules,” says Chief Commercial Officer Tamur Goudarzi Pour.
“In doing so, we’ll be offering our customers a range of flights that’s actually more extensive than it was before the pandemic. In Europe, in particular, we’re providing an attractive choice of destinations for the colder season.”
“At the same time, though, we’ve been conservative in our planning and have reduced our flight program by a number of frequencies, to ensure that we can keep our schedules as stable as possible.”
SWISS’ Geneva operations will expand to 25 European destinations.
Service to Scandinavia will be particularly strengthened, with one additional weekly flight to Stockholm and three more weekly frequencies each to Gothenburg and Copenhagen during the winter months.
Frequencies will also be increased on the Funchal and Tenerife routes. The most extensively-served destinations from Geneva in the coming winter timetable period include London, Athens, Lisbon, Marrakech, Porto, and Nice.
The new direct flights to Brussels introduced this summer in collaboration with Brussels Airlines will also be maintained. And the services to such classic summer destinations as Larnaca, Faro, and Heraklion will be continued until November.
It remains clear that SWISS is slowly returning to some form of normalcy, with 80% of pre-pandemic levels a strong number to work with.
Looking ahead to 2023, it will be interesting to see whether the airline will seek to extend this to 90% or even 100% of pre-pandemic capacity, as that will be the figure to measure when looking at overall recovery.