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SWISS Expands Intermodal Partnership With SBB, Adds New Munich-Zurich Airport Rail Route
SWISS is expanding their strategic partnership with SBB Swiss Federal Railways, which will now be known as ‘SWISS Air Rail’. From July 2022, travelers can take advantage of the first international air/rail connection between Munich Hauptbahnhof and Zurich Airport.
On Wednesday (May 11, 2022), Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) announced an expansion of their strategic intermodal partnership with SBB Swiss Federal Railways. The ‘Airtrain’ service, now known as ‘SWISS Air Rail’, is going international for the first time from July 1st, 2022 with new service between Munich Hauptbahnhof and Zurich Airport. SWISS Air Rail will also be expanded within Switzerland in collaboration with SBB. The new Munich-Zurich Airport route complements existing rail/air service between Zurich Airport and SBB stations in Basel, Lugano and Geneva.
In Wednesday’s announcment, SWISS’ Chief Commercial Officer, Tamur Goudarzi Pour, said,
“Together with the SBB, we’re taking a big further step forward in offering our customers complementary travel options. We are jointly seeking to provide smarter combinations of rail and air transport wherever these make sense. And we’re marking a particular milestone here in offering – with Munich – our first-ever international SWISS Air Rail connection.”
Also commenting on the expanded intermodal partnership, SBB’s Head of Passenger Services Markets, Véronique Stephan, added,
“I am delighted that it will now be easier to combine rail and air travel on the Munich-Zurich Airport route, too. This new service will enable SWISS customers living a short or a medium distance away from SWISS’s Zurich hub to make greater use of rail connections to get to and from the airport. And with these quick and direct new rail services, they’ll enjoy the best possible connections with their SWISS flights.”
The new rail connection between Munich Hauptbahnhof and Zurich Airport will operate six times daily in each direction and trains may also be boarded or left in Bregenz enroute. The rail portion of the itinerary is included in the SWISS airfare and can now be booked together on swiss.com or through any travel agency. Like all SWISS Air Rail intermodal bookings, the carrier guarantees connections in the event of a delay. Additionally, Miles & More members will earn status and award miles on their SWISS Air Rail ticket, with the number of miles earned depending on their connecting flight and class of travel. SWISS First, SWISS Business, HON Circle and Senator status customers will also have access to the Munich Hauptbahnhof DB Lounge. All SWISS Air Rail travelers will enjoy automatic seat reservations and free Wi-Fi access.
Source: Swiss International Air Lines