SWISS Temporarily Reduces Geneva Flight Operations Due to Tightening Travel Restrictions
Following further travel restrictions announced by the Swiss Federal Council on January 27th, SWISS will reduce operations in Geneva to a minimum through the end of February. The carrier will keep Western Switzerland connected via their Zurich network.
On Monday (February 1, 2021) Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) announced that following the tightening of travel restrictions by the Swiss Federal Council on January 27th, they will reduce their Geneva flight operations to a bare minimum through the end of February. The airline remains committed to its Geneva business in the long-term and will strive to keep Western Switzerland connected via their global Zurich-based network. Customers impacted by flight cancellations can rebook free of charge or receive a ticket refund.
The company has taken the decision to reduce Geneva operations since the operation only offers point-to-point services without the ability to generate additional traffic through a feeder function, as is the case in Zurich. Additionally, Geneva Airport currently lacks the necessary COVID-19 testing facilities. SWISS will continue to operate 13 weekly services between Geneva and Zurich as well as seven weekly frequencies between Geneva and Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub. In Monday’s announcement, SWISS’ CEO, Dieter Vranckx, said,
“Geneva is and remains an extremely important location for us, and as soon as conditions permit and the demand for air travel returns, we will steadily expand our services from Geneva again, as we will from Zurich, too.”
SWISS will continue to operate many of their short and long-haul flights to and from Zurich, considering the feeder function and critical cargo role. However, flights from Zurich have already been substantially reduced with the carrier only operating around 10 percent of their flights compared to February 2019.