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SWISS’ recovery continues; 86% of capacity is at Zurich; two long-haul routes coming

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SWISS is a Star Alliance member and part of the Lufthansa Group. According to Planespotters.net, it has 87 aircraft, comprising of A220-100s/300s, A320ceos/neos, A321ceos/neos, A330-300s, A340-300s and 777-300ERs. A350-900s are on order to replace its A340s. It also uses the E190-E1s, E190-E2s and E195-E2s of Helvetic Airways.

Based on Cirium data for S24, SWISS is the Lufthansa Group’s third-largest airline by seat capacity. While SWISS’s capacity is down by 6% versus S19, it is among the best recovered of all Group members. It is much ahead of Eurowings (-10%), Lufthansa (+17%) and Brussels Airlines (-17%).

SWISS capacity development S14-S24

86% of capacity is from Zurich

SWISS serves Zurich and Geneva in its homeland. However, its hub is in Zurich, which has 86% of its available seats in S24, more or less what it was in the pre-pandemic S19.

Dominance at Zurich has risen by three percentage points versus 10 years ago and by eight percentage points versus 20 years ago. The fact that it no longer serves Basel, Lugano, or Sion has contributed, along with the much shallower growth at Geneva.

SWISS has 53% of Zurich’s available seats this summer, rising to 63% when leisure carrier Edelweiss is added. The pair’s share is up by eight percentage points from a decade ago, helped by other airlines barely growing Zurich capacity during this time.

SWISS development any Zurich S14-S24

Serves 93 destinations from Zurich

SWISS’ network encompasses 45 countries. Germany is inevitably its 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.

The carrier’s Zurich network now includes six airports new to its network, as detailed below. The addition of Washington IAD and Toronto YYZ – both important Star Alliance hubs – brings its North America airports to a record 10 this summer.

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  • 27 March 2024: Košice (3-weekly)
  • 28 March 2024: Washington IAD (daily)
  • 31 March 2024: Cluj Napoca (3)
  • 2 April 2024: London LGW (daily); served irregularly in the past
  • 7 May 2024: Seoul ICN (3)
  • 10 May 2024: Toronto YYZ (5)

They will join Bristol, which became part of SWISS’ route map in 2022, and Bologna, Nantes, Sofia and Vilnius, all of which started in 2022. Each remains served.

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Zurich-Berlin is the leading route

The 93 destinations are led by Berlin, 650 kilometers away. When all operating airlines are included, there are 73-weekly flights in June by SWISS (54), Eurowings (11) and easyJet (8).Notice that eight of SWISS’ top 10 Zurich routes have fewer seats than in S19.

The two exceptions are leisure-driven Palma and Malaga, neither of which made the top 10 in 2019.

It is not just these Spanish destinations that are now among the most served. Athens and Brussels have also joined the list, replacing Copenhagen (now 12th), Düsseldorf (19th), Paris CDG (11th) and Vienna (20th). SWISS’ first long-haul route, to New York JFK, is 21st.

Top 120 SWISS Zurich routes S24

SWISS is the second-largest carrier in Geneva

The carrier has a 15% of the non-stop market this summer. While it is the second-largest operator there, it is still three times smaller than easyJet. SWISS has 42 routes, many of which are leisure and VFR-driven. JFK is the sole long-haul route.

SWISS’ Geneva network includes three destinations that started in 2023: Hamburg, Oslo and Vienna. It has no direct competition to Hamburg. The market was served by easyJet until 2020 and previously had flights by Eurowings, Germanwings and Lufthansa.

Athens International Airport