SWISS Plans Return To Beijing, Service Expansions From Geneva

SWISS International Airlines has unveiled plans to return to Beijing, with daily nonstop flights between Zurich and the Chinese capital set to begin early next year. The carrier will also be expanding services from its Geneva hub, with a new route to Nice and frequency increases to London (City), Madrid and Moscow (Domodedovo).


Zurich – Beijing From 11 February 2012

To be operated by a 3-class Airbus A340-300 jet, flight LX 196 will depart Zurich at 1730 hrs daily to arrive in Beijing at 1020 hrs the next morning. The return flight, LX 197, takes off from Capital International Airport at 1205 hrs, landing back Zurich Airport at 1600 hrs.


SWISS previously served Beijing until June 2003 and the new service marks its further growth in the Chinese market. Within mainland China, the airline currently flies to Shanghai, which was launched in May 2008, as well as serving the Special Administration Region of Hong Kong.


Geneva Hub Service Expansions

The airline will also expand its Geneva-based network with the addition of double-daily flights to Nice from 10 February 2012 (rising to a triple-daily operation during the summer travel season) and more frequencies to selected routes.


Flight LX 520 will depart Geneva at 0905 hrs, arriving in Nice at 1005 hrs, before returning to Geneva as flight LX 521 at 1045 hrs, landing back at Geneva International Airport at 1145 hrs. The afternoon service, LX 528, takes off from Geneva at 1735 hrs and lands at Aeroport Nice Cote d’Azur at 1835 hrs. The Airbus A319 aircraft then operates the return flight LX 529 at 1915 hrs, arriving back in Switzerland at 2015 hrs.


The Geneva – London (City) route will see an additional daily flight with the start of the winter 2011/2012 schedules, bringing the total number of services each day to 5, while the Geneva – Madrid route receives a third daily flight from 10 February 2012. Between Geneva and Moscow (Domodedovo), SWISS will add a second daily flight from 16 December 2011.


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