Swiss has announced plans to launch flights from Zurich to Bristol as part of its winter 2022/23 schedule.

The direct service to England’s south-west city will be served once weekly from February 4, 2023. The route will be operated with A220 and E190 aircraft from partner Helvetic Airways.

The airline says that the route should “prove especially popular among winter sports enthusiasts” in the UK.

Additionally, Swiss’ recently introduced summer services from Zurich to Bologna, Nantes, Sofia and Vilnius, will continue in the winter period. Services from Zurich to Belgrade, Porto, Alicante, Barcelona and Malaga will also see additional frequencies.

Long-haul services to Asia will also increase in the winter, with a daily service from Zurich to Bangkok, and six-times-weekly flights to Singapore, Delhi and Mumbai.

Additionally, the airline will serve 25 European destinations from Geneva. This will include additional flights to Stockholm, Gothenburg and Copenhagen, and extra frequencies on the Funchal and Tenerife routes.

Swiss’ new summer service to Brussels, in collaboration with sister carrier Brussels Airlines, will also continue this winter, while flights to Larnaca, Faro and Heraklion will be continued until November.

CCO Tamur Goudarzi Pour commented:

“Given this summer’s difficult operating situation throughout Europe’s air transport sector, we are focusing on further stabilizing our SWISS services in the coming winter schedules.

“In doing so, we’ll be offering our customers a range of flights that’s actually more extensive than it was before the pandemic. In Europe in particular we’re providing an attractive choice of destinations for the colder season. At the same time, though, we’ve been conservative in our planning and have reduced our flight programme by a number of frequencies, to ensure that we can keep our schedules as stable as possible.”

In total Swiss will be flying to 93 destinations from Zurich and Geneva in the coming winter, and plans for capacity to reach 80 per cent of its 2019 levels.

In terms of the guest experience, passengers will be able to enjoy the new Premium Economy class for the first time on the B777 long-haul fleet.