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New Route of the Day (27 March 2024): SWISS between Zurich and Košice

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SWISS kicked off its network expansion on Wednesday 27 March by inaugurating flights between Zurich and Košice, marking its entry onto the Slovak market. The 955-kilometre journey will run 3-weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with the A220-300 aircraft. The carrier faces no competition on the route.

What they said

Stefan Bednar, Director of Sales in the Slovak Republic for the Lufthansa Group, said: “We are excited that the new SWISS flights to Zurich and other convenient connections to Geneva will now make the Košice region even better connected to Switzerland and the world. The new Košice – Zurich route should appeal to both business and leisure travellers. It will be a quick and convenient way for the Slovak community in Switzerland to visit family and friends in the east of their homeland.”

Thomas Dworschak, Director of Košice Airport, added: “We are extremely proud to welcome Swiss International Air Lines to Košice today. It is an important milestone in our efforts to connect eastern Slovakia to the world. The flight between Zurich and Košice not only connects two dynamic regions, but also opens up a number of global opportunities for our passengers. It symbolises a step forward in our commitment to increase air accessibility of eastern Slovakia and to support economic, cultural, and social exchange. We are looking forward to fruitful cooperation with SWISS.”

SWISS becomes third legacy carrier in Košice

SWISS is the second carrier from the Lufthansa Group to serve Košice, complementing Austrian Airlines’ operations from Vienna. Furthermore, it is the third legacy carrier to serve the city, alongside LOT Polish Airlines. Neither of the three fly to Bratislava, which is located on the border between Slovakia and Austria and is just 60 kilometres from Vienna Airport.

The largest city and economic centre of eastern Slovakia, Košice is the country’s second most populous city. Košice Airport handled just over 600,000 passengers in 2023, which was a 15% increase year-on-year and 12% on the pre-pandemic 2019. While a small regional airport, it is among Europe’s best recovered.

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Zurich was among Košice’s largest unserved European markets.

SWISS adding five more new routes

It will be a busy spring for SWISS as Košice is the first of several new routes to be launched by the airline.

  • 28 March: Washington IAD (daily)
  • 31 March: Cluj Napoca (3-weekly)
  • 2 April: London LGW (daily)
  • 7 May: Seoul ICN (3-weekly)
  • 10 May: Toronto YYZ (5-weekly)

The addition of Washington IAD and Toronto YYZ – both important Star Alliance hubs – brings its North America airports to a record 10 this summer.

Germany is SWISS’ most-served nation by seats, followed by Italy, Spain, and the US. The latter is one of 12 long-haul countries, joining Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, and UAE.

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