The badly battered airline industry breathes a sigh of relief. The elimination of the quarantine regulations for Spain and Portugal has triggered a strong surge in demand. Within a week, Swiss recorded up to five times more bookings for flights to these countries.
This now has consequences: In response to the rapid increase in the number of bookings, the airline is expanding its range of flights from Zurich to Spain and Portugal for the Easter travel season. On the one hand, there are additional flights, on the other hand, the flights are carried out with larger aircraft than originally planned.
Five times more bookings
Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Head of Sales at Swiss, explains: “The example of Spain and Portugal clearly shows that the elimination of quarantine regulations and reliable travel rules are immediately reflected in a strong increase in bookings. Many people have a lot of catching up to do with travel, especially for sun and sea. We have therefore expanded our flight schedule offer at short notice. “
The Lufthansa subsidiary will operate additional flights to Palma de Mallorca, Málaga, Barcelona, Alicante and Valencia. In the week of March 29, there will be a total of 43 instead of 34 flights to Spain, and in the week of April 5, there will be 59 flights to Spain. The range of flights to the Portuguese destinations Porto and Lisbon has also been increased.
Larger aircraft in use
In some cases, Swiss uses larger aircraft in order to be able to carry more passengers. The largest available short-haul aircraft, the Airbus A321, which can accommodate up to 219 passengers, are used for some flights. Even the use of long-haul aircraft is not excluded. (pbe)
Published: March 17th, 2021, 11:20 am
Last updated: March 17, 2021, 40 minutes ago