Helvetic to launch Cardiff-Zurich route

3 Nov 2010 by BusinessTraveller

Swiss carrier Helvetic Airways is to launch the first direct flights between Cardiff and Zurich in March next year.

The airline will ply the route four-times weekly from March 28, 2011, using 100-seat Fokker 100 aircraft. Flight 2L442 will depart Zurich on Monday at 0620, and on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 1310, landing in Cardiff at 0710 and 1400 respectively. The return leg 2L443 will depart Cardiff on Monday at 0750, and on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 1445, landing in Cardiff at  1030 and 1725 respectively.

Patrick Duffy, managing director of Cardiff Airport, said:

“Research conducted by the airport demonstrated that Zurich is one of the most sought after business destinations from Wales, and therefore after months of hard work we’re delighted Helvetic Airways has decided to offer this route to south Wales travellers.

“Not only is Zurich one of Europe’s largest financial capitals it is also a fantastic leisure destination. This route opens up a wide range of new holiday destinations for our customers, whether it’s for a city, walking or skiing break.”

Tickets for the route will go on sale in Swiss Francs from November 3, and in GBP from November 15, with introductory fares of £99 one way.

Helvetic Airways has previously served London Gatwick, but currently does not operate any routes to the UK. The carrier is based at Zurich airport, and serves seasonal rouites to destinations including Bari and Brindisi in Italy, and Rostock in Germany. It also recently announced it would base an aircraft at Bern airport next year, offering scheduled and charter services.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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