|Swiss to launch new flights to Skopje and Sarajevo|
Swiss International Air Lines has announced the expansion of its Geneva base from the start of the 2015 summer season, which will see the carrier introduce flights to eight new destinations, among which are Skopje and Sarajevo. The development comes only weeks after Swiss scheduled new services from Zurich to Zagreb, Ljubljana and Sarajevo, signalling an aggressive expansion into the region. Furthermore, the airline’s subsidiary, Edelweiss, will operate new seasonal summer flights from Zurich to Podgorica and Banja Luka next year. Services from Geneva to Skopje will initially operate once per week from April 4, until increasing to two times per week from July 11. On the other hand, flights to Sarajevo will also operate once per week from April 4 until another weekly service is added on July 1.
Commenting on the new route launches, the CEO of Geneva Airport, Robert Deillon, says, “Swiss’ actions here are very good news for us. These new destinations include a prudent expansion of Geneva’s network in the Balkans, which are not particularly well served at present”. The new points will bring Swiss’ Geneva-based network to 39 destinations, compared to just twelve two years ago. As a result, Swiss has more than tripled its range of non-stop flights over the past two years from Western Switzerland and adjacent parts of France, boosting both local business and the tourism sectors. “These new routes are further confirmation of our consistent investment in Switzerland’s francophone region”, Lorenzo Stoll, Swiss’ Head for Western Switzerland, says.
Swiss International Air Lines will have a significant presence in the former Yugoslavia next summer season with services from both Zurich and Geneva to Belgrade and Sarajevo, as well as flights from Zurich to Zagreb and Ljubljana and services from Geneva to Skopje and Pristina. In addition, through its subsidiary Edelweiss, the airline will maintain flights from Zurich to Podgorica, Skopje, Pristina and Banja Luka. The major expansion is part of its “Next Generation Airline of Switzerland” strategy. The Swiss carrier faces no direct competition on its new routes to the capitals of Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Tickets are already on sale and bookable through the airline’s website.