Monday, 15 July 2019

Passenger numbers rise in June for Swiss International Air Lines

Swiss International Air Lines SWISS1 transported 8,791,179 passengers in the first six months of 2019, a 3.2% improvement on the same period last year. A total of 73,265 flights were operated in the period, a 4.8% increase on January-to-June 2018.

Total first-half passenger capacity was raised 1.7% from its 2018 level in available seat-kilometre (ASK) terms. Total traffic volume, measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), was up 2.2% on the prior-year period. Systemwide seat load factor rose accordingly: the 82.0% for the period was a 0.5-percentage-point improvement on January-to-June 2018. 

In June 2019 SWISS carried 1,717,843 passengers, 6.8% more than it had in the prior-year period (June 2018: 1,608,933 passengers). A total of 13,237 flights were operated for the month, up 6.2%. Both ASK capacity and RPK traffic volume were up 2.1% on June 2018; and systemwide seat load factor for the month remained correspondingly unchanged at 87.1%.

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SWISS to be Official Airline of the 2020 ice hockey world championships in Switzerland

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SWISS is further expanding its involvement with Swiss sports. The carrier is to serve as Official Airline of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which will be held in Zurich and Lausanne, Switzerland from 8 to 24 May. “We are really looking forward to supporting the Swiss ice hockey team at their ‘home’ world championships next year, and to being so closely involved in all the sporting highlights here together with all Swiss fans,” says Bernhard Christen, Head of Marketing at SWISS. The company has been supporting ice hockey in its home country since October 2015 by serving as Official Airline of Swiss Ice Hockey, the sport’s umbrella association in Switzerland.

Several sporting partnerships
As The Airline of Switzerland, SWISS attaches great value to sport in general and has been closely involved in Swiss national sporting activities for several years now. On the winter sports front, SWISS supports not only Swiss Ice Hockey but also Swiss Ski and the International Lauberhorn Ski Races. In addition, the company is Official Airline of Swiss Athletics (the country’s umbrella athletics association) and the annual Weltklasse Zürich meeting, and of the Swiss national handball and football associations. As part of these partnerships, SWISS also flies the national teams of these sports associations to and from their training and major events abroad.

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