Readers who have Swiss flights booked in the coming weeks must re-check their itineraries.

I say that because, until the end of February, Swiss says it will downsize its schedules to an “absolute minimum” in light of tougher travel restrictions.

The most severe cuts are seen at Geneva where Swiss will now operate no more than 20 flights a week.

Seven of these will operate to Frankfurt (to feed the Lufthansa network) while 13 are scheduled to Zurich (to feed the Swiss network).

Swiss says that many of its short- and long-haul services out of Zurich can continue to operate “in view of their feeder function and/or cargo-carrying role.”

The cuts seen at Geneva are those flights lacking a feeder function. All told it means Swiss will be flying a mere 10 per cent of its capacity.

Swiss says it remains committed to Geneva in the long term. CEO Dieter Vranckx said:

“As soon as conditions permit and the demand for air travel returns, Swiss will steadily expand our services from Geneva again as we will from Zurich.”