Swiss International Airlines’ affiliate Edelweiss Air recently announced it will be launching new nonstop flights to Zurich from San Diego next year. The airline will start operating twice weekly flights on San Diego-Zurich route starting from June 9, 2017. The seasonal service is likely to be conducted through early November. The launch of flights to San Diego will make it the airline’s first nonstop destination in California.
The announcement by Edelweiss Air has come within two weeks after German low-cost carrier Condor said it will launch seasonal nonstop flights to Frankfurt from San Diego International Airport starting from May next year. Other international destinations being offered year-round daily nonstop service from San Diego include London and Tokyo. The San Diego International Airport will now be handling direct flights services to six different countries, with the addition of destinations such as Frankfurt and Zurich.
Bernd Bauer, CEO of Edelweiss Air, said, “Swiss tourists consider California to be their favorite destination for holidays. It has always been endeavor of Swiss tourists to opt for longer stays and indulge in huge spending during their vacation, which is in stark contrast to tourists from several other countries. The airline would be bringing nearly 15,000 visitors to San Diego every year.”
Edelweiss Air in a statement said it will be deploying an Airbus A340-300 aircraft, configured with a seating capacity of 314 passengers. The seasonal flights would make its departure from San Diego International Airport in the evenings, twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays. The flight will depart from San Diego on Monday at 6.45 pm, while it will depart on Fridays at 7.10 pm.
Edelweiss Air, which is also a part of the Lufthansa group, would be primarily focusing on markets currently not being served by Swiss International Airlines. The airline therefore focused on California, since Swiss International Airlines is already operating out of San Francisco and Los Angeles.