SWISS returns to Singapore after four years

The latest sight in Singapore: SWISS returns to the Asian metropolis after four years. Cutting the red ribbon in Zürich were Thomas Kern, Zürich Airport’s CEO; the airline’s CEO, Harry Hohmeister; and Thomas Kupfer, Switzerland’s ambassador.

Upon arrival in Singapore, Changi Airport Group’s CEO, Lee Seow Hiang; and Harry Hohmeister, CEO of SWISS, contributed to the evening’s entertainment with an improvised musical performance using the traditional Swiss cowbells.

  • SWISS resumed services on the 10,300-kilometre route from Zürich (ZRH) to Singapore (SIN), which it last served four years ago. Beginning on 12 May, the carrier operates daily flights in competition with fellow Star Alliance member Singapore Airlines’ services of the same frequency. The airline’s 219-seat A330-400 wide-body aircraft, in three-class configuration, is deployed to serve the route. Lee Seow Hiang, CAG’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “SWISS has been fondly missed by the Changi Airport community as well as many of its loyal customers since its last flight to Changi in April 2009. Europe is an important market for Changi Airport. For the 12 months ending February 2013, some 2.6 million passengers travelled between Singapore and Europe, up 8% year-on-year. With the return of SWISS, travellers now have greater access into the heart of Europe from Changi.” In addition, the carrier launched two seasonal routes from Geneva (GVA), on 8 and 9 May respectively. Catania (CTA) is now served with thrice-weekly services, while twice-weekly flights depart for Olbia (OLB). Competition on the two Italian routes comes from easyJet, which offers four and single weekly frequencies respectively.

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