Passengers on Edelweiss Air’s inaugural flight (WK 312) from Zurich to Inverness disembarked the aircraft at the UK airport to the sound of Scottish bagpipes, played by Spud the Piper. The carrier will operate the 1,402-kilometre route weekly (Tuesdays) until 28 August. Photo credit: Dylan Morrison of Inverness Aviation Photography.
- Edelweiss Air has made Inverness (INV) its second destination in Scotland after Edinburgh, with the Swiss carrier launching a weekly (Tuesdays) service from Zurich (ZRH) on 3 July. The airline will utilise its fleet of A320s on the 1,402-kilometre sector, with no other operator presently offering scheduled flights between Inverness and Switzerland. The seasonal route will be flown until 28 August. As stated, Edelweiss Air made Edinburgh its first Scottish destination in July 2016, serving the UK city four times weekly this summer, while a twice-weekly service is scheduled for W18/19. Along with Edinburgh and Inverness, Zurich has scheduled services to London’s City, Gatwick, Heathow and Luton airports, plus Birmingham and Manchester this summer, with 202 weekly departures to the UK available from Swiss hub. When referencing UK CAA data, just over 2.13 million passengers flew between Zurich and the UK last year, up 6.0% compared to 2016. The biggest destination is Heathrow, with it occupying 53% of the market, down 1.3 percentage points against the 2016 result. Over 21,800 passengers travelled on the route between Edinburgh and Zurich last year, up by 35% against the total of 16,200 reported the year before.