Swiss International Air Lines is to offer a new daily non-stop service between Zurich and Beijing from February 2012. The new service will commence on 11 February, marking a further expansion in the carrier’s service of the growing Chinese market and a return to Beijing for the airline which previously served China’s capital until June 2003.Beijing becomes the second destination in mainland China on its route network, following the launch of Shanghai services in May 2008.
The Swiss national carrier is establishing the new route in response to increasing demand from the business and leisure markets in Zurich and Beijing.
SWISS CEO Harry Hohmeister said; “I am delighted that, as the airline of Switzerland, we can meet the needs of Swiss business and further expand our non-stop services to and from the growing Chinese market. At the same time, we are also seeing a growing demand for tourist travel in both directions.”
SWISS will also be expanding its European route network from Geneva and increasing capacity on transatlantic routes. The airline will be adding Nice to the Geneva network and increasing frequencies to Madrid, Moscow and London (City) Airport. It will also increase capacity over the North Atlantic from summer of next year, deploying its own 737 aircraft on the Zurich-Newark route.