Switzerland national carrier Swiss will be back to Singapore in May 2013, four years after pulling out from Southeast Asian financial hub.
ZURICH-Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) makes a grand come back to Singapore by adding the metropolis to its Asian route network from May 2013. But in contrary to the service offered by Swiss until 2009, the new long-haul destination will receive a daily non-stop service from Zurich using Airbus A340 equipment. Previously, Swiss flew to Singapore via Bangkok with fifth freedom traffic rights between both Asian cities.
The carrier will introduce daily non-stop flights between Zurich and Singapore on 12 May 2013. Singapore is one of Asia’s prime economic hubs. The city-state is not only a global financial and commercial centre, but is also home to several major industries including manufacturing, advanced technology, biotech and pharmaceuticals. It is also a favourite among tourist travellers, and provides an ideal base or stopover point for key vacation destinations in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. On the cargo front, too, Swiss new non-stop Zurich-Singapore service offers sizeable promise and potential.
“Singapore is one of Switzerland’s most important intercontinental markets, and one that has seen constant growth over the past few years,” says SWISS CEO Harry Hohmeister. “By providing our new daily non-stop service from Zurich, we aim to meet this substantial demand. In doing so, we’re also continuing our steady long-term investment in the region: Singapore will be the airline’s eighth Asian destination.”
Swiss will operate the new route with Airbus A340-300 equipment offering 219 seats. The new flights will be bookable from 8 October. The flight will be in competition with Singapore Airlines daily frequency to Zurich.
Zurich – Singapore LX 178 22:45 – 17:10 (the following day)
Singapore – Zurich LX 179 23:05 – 06:10 (the following day)
Luc Citrinot a French national is a freelance journalist and consultant in tourism and air transport with over 20 years experience. Based in Paris and Bangkok, he works for various travel and air transport trade publications in Europe and Asia.