Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) will expand its long-haul network in summer 2024 – and Toronto will benefit.
The flag carrier of Switzerland – a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group – will begin a non-stop service between Zurich and Toronto on May 10, 2024, the airline says.
The new service at YYZ, which is provisionally planned for the summer schedules only, will be provided daily (except Mondays and Wednesdays) aboard an Airbus A330 aircraft.
The new westbound SWISS flight will depart from Zurich Airport (ZRH) at 09:55 and arrive at Toronto Pearson at 13:00 (both times local).
The corresponding eastbound service will leave Toronto at 16:35 and arrive in Zurich at 06:30 the following day.
In addition to Toronto, SWISS will also introduce year-round service from Zurich to Washington, DC. Its European network will also be expanded with new flights to Košice in Slovakia and Cluj-Napoca in Romania.
“In the wake of the pandemic, it has now become clearer than ever that travel is a deeply-rooted human need, especially among the younger generations,” said SWISS Chief Commercial Officer Tamur Goudarzi Pour, in a press release.
“The demand for air travel continues to steadily rise, and the loadings on our flights are now higher than they have ever been before. As the airline of Switzerland, we connect our home country with the world; and, in doing so, we offer our customers a quality range of premium air services."
"We are delighted that we will be further expanding our route network next summer on both the short- and the long-haul front. And as we do so, we will continue to pursue the kind of balanced growth that pays due and full regard to our customers, to society and to environmental considerations and concerns.”
The varied program of scheduled services that SWISS will operate from Zurich and Geneva in its 2024 summer schedules will extend to 113 destinations.
Travellers from Zurich will be offered a choice of 67 European and 24 intercontinental destinations; and travellers from Geneva will be offered non-stop service to and from New York along with a choice of 43 short-haul destinations.
The 2024 summer timetable period will run from March 31 to Oct. 26, 2024, and flights on the new routes will be bookable from Sept. 13.