Swiss International Airlines (SWISS) has resumed service between Geneva and New York, which was previously suspended. The flights, which an Airbus A330-300 will operate, will begin on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with intentions to expand to daily service by the summer of 2022.
In 2020, SWISS paused its Geneva-New York flights. The airline has announced in September 2021 that flights would return before Christmas. In addition to the existing Zurich – New York routes, the Geneva – New York flights will also be available.
On the scheduled days, LX22 will depart Geneva's Cointrin Airport at 11:30 a.m. for a flight to New York and land at 14:30 a.m. The trip takes around eight and a half hours. LX23, on the other hand, departs JFK at 19:40 on the same day and lands in Geneva at 09:15 the next day.
The LX22 and LX23 services are flown by Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The A330s can transport 236 passengers in three cabin classes, including 183 passengers in economy, 45 passengers in business, and eight passengers in first.
US is a high demand destination for SWISS
SWISS now has exclusive access to the Geneva – New York JFK route. United Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance, flies four times a week between its New York and Geneva. On its Geneva flights, United Airlines employs a Boeing 767-300ER with three cabin classes.
Geneva is frequently relegated to the background in favour of Zurich. However, the smaller city's role as a diplomatic and NGO hub means that flights to New York, the United Nations' headquarters, are in high demand. SWISS has been flying between the two cities in various guises since the end of WWII.
Prior to the travel slowdown, which resulted in SWISS suspending its Geneva - New York flights, Switzerland was experiencing an increase in the number of inbound visitors from the United States. Over 1.1 million passengers arrived from the United States in 2019, up 10% from 2018. The number of inbound passengers from the United States has surged by 60% in the last ten years.
The airline is working to re-establish its network while reacting to lower demand and travel restrictions. For SWISS, it's a delicate balancing act.