SWISS has resumed flights on the route Zurich - London City
On May 12, SWISS resumed flights to London City Airport. Initially, SWISS will operate two rotations a week in Zurich, but their schedule will increase in line with the growing demand for leisure and business travel, as travel restrictions are relaxed in the UK and Europe this summer.
As the number of people vaccinated in the UK continues to rise and international travel restrictions will be relaxed in the coming weeks, more passengers are expected to want to go on holiday to destinations in Europe.
SWISS will expand its London City operational network as leisure and business traffic resume. The Swiss national carrier is also expected to re-establish the route from London City to Geneva (GVA) in August.
Zurich - London City with SWISS.
LX464 Zurich 17:05 - 17:45 London City - Friday and Sunday
LX465 London City 18:20 - 21:00 Zurich - Friday and Monday
This news comes as the travel restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic begin to relax with resumption of international travel to / from the United Kingdom, Monday 17 May. At the same time, it will be introduced and a new "traffic light" system. UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps explained that the scheme would classify countries according to risk. Factors that include the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated against Covid-19, the rate of infection, the prevalence of variants of concern and access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing will be taken into account, officials said.
Switzerland was initially placed in the amber category, which means that those who want to travel to England will have to take a test before leaving Switzerland and two PCR tests on days 2 and 8 on their return to the UK. They will also have to isolate themselves at home for 10 days, unless they are exempt. The British government will review this classification every three weeks, which means that continued progress with vaccination programs in the UK and Switzerland could completely remove travel restrictions between the two countries in June.
SWISS has resumed flights on the Zurich - London City route since 12 May.
Passengers can book a variety of COVID-19 test packages in advance at the test facilities at the London City Airport terminal. The airport has also launched a new portal to help customers understand the latest Covid-19 data and the testing and quarantine requirements of their destination, simplifying the booking experience and enabling passengers to make informed travel choices.
Research has shown that there is a significant accumulated demand for international travel this summer. A British public survey conducted at the airport in March found that 72% of frequent travelers want to return to leisure travel when restrictions are lifted, while 71% said travel to and from countries should be allowed. they have the pandemic situation under control. The airport also surveyed 500 UK businessmen in the autumn of 2020, finding that two-thirds consider air travel vital to the future success of their business.
Zurich was the fourth most popular airport route in 2019, with 429.019 passengers flying between London's most central airport and Switzerland's largest city.