SWISS commenced operations between Geneva and Toulon on 21 June, a route that the Star Alliance member will operate twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays). Among those at the launch was Laurence Erbs, Director of Toulon Airport (left), who said of the route opening: “This destination demonstrates the tremendous potential of the lines departing from Toulon, an airport ideally located in the heart of the Var region.” The seasonal route will run until 2 September.
- SWISS expanded its leisure network offering from Geneva (GVA) this week, introducing three new summer seasonal routes from its second largest base, namely Kalamata (KLX) in Greece, Pula (PUY) in Croatia, plus Toulon (TLN) in France. The latter of the destinations was the first to commence, with the Star Alliance member launching a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) rotation to the South of France airport on 21 June, a 349-kilometre route that the carrier will operate using a mixture of its fleet of CS300s, plus Helvetic Airways E190s based on OAG schedules. Pula flights commenced on 23 June, with the airline planning to serve the 626-kilometre hop to the Adriatic Coast airport weekly (Saturdays). Flights to Kalamata launched the following day, with the carrier planning to offer a weekly (Sundays) rotation on the 1,662-kilometre sector to Peloponnese peninsula city. Both routes to Croatia and Greece will be flown on SWISS’ fleet of CS300s. The only route that will face direct competition is Toulon, with HOP! having recently launched a seasonal weekly service on the French-Swiss city pair. See how Kalamata Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.