|Swiss launching Zagreb, Ljubljana and Sarajevo flights|
Swiss International Air Lines has announced the launch of 22 new routes from its Zurich hub among which are Zagreb (daily), Ljubljana (daily) and Sarajevo (three per week). The new flights, which will launch during the 2015 summer season, will be served on a yearlong basis. The announcement was made at a press conference in Zurich yesterday. In a statement, the airline said, “The innovations will give Swiss a highly attractive timetable with more non-stop connections than ever, to meet the needs of the Swiss people, the Swiss economy and the Swiss tourist sector”. The flights will coincide with new seasonal services from Zurich to Podgorica and Banja Luka, which are to be launched in July next year and operated by Swiss’ subsidiary Edelweiss Air.
Swiss International Air Lines’ major expansion into the former Yugoslavia will shake up the market and bring competition to the national carriers of Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Swiss will resume services to Zagreb for the first time in years and joins a growing list of airlines launching flights to the Croatian capital, some of which include KLM, Eurolot and Flydubai. On the other hand, Croatia Airlines will lose its monopoly on the Zagreb - Zurich route. However, both airlines are part of the same alliance and Swiss codeshares on Croatia Airlines flights between the two cities. In Ljubljana, Adria Airways faces a similar scenario as it will have to compete against its Star Alliance partner on the route. Meanwhile, in Sarajevo, B&H Airlines will suffer a double blow as its Sarajevo - Banja Luka - Zurich service will face competition on two fronts. Not only will it battle against Swiss from Sarajevo to Zurich, but it will also have to deal with Edelweiss Air, which will fly between Banja Luka and Switzerland’s largest city during the summer. Unlike its competition, B&H runs its flights with a propeller ATR72 aircraft and offers limited transfer options for its passengers.
All of the abovementioned flights will operate with the 97-seat Avro RJ100 aircraft. Together with its subsidiary Edelweiss, Swiss will operate flights to all capital cities of the former Yugoslavia next summer season. It will offer flights from Zurich to Zagreb, Ljubljana, Sarajevo and Belgrade, while Edelweiss already flies to Skopje and Pristina and will introduce services to Podgorica and Banja Luka. The airline also runs seasonal flights to Split, while Swiss maintains services from Geneva to Belgrade and Pristina as well.
|Zurich - Ljubljana||MAR 29||Click here|
|Zurich - Zagreb||APR 15||Click here|
|Zurich - Sarajevo||MAY 01||Click here|
|Zurich - Banja Luka||JUL 03||Click here|
|Zurich - Podgorica||JUL 05||Click here|