Leading regional Scottish airport operator, Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL), has announced a new weekly service between Inverness Airport and Zurich, commencing in July 2018. Operated by Swiss airline Edelweiss Air, the new direct route will allow passengers to reach Switzerland’s largest city and one of the key financial destinations in the world in less than three hours.
The weekly flights, which begin on Tuesday 3 July 2018, are scheduled to run for a period of nine weeks, to coincide with the summer holiday season. Tickets are already on sale at www.swiss.com with prices from £190 for a return journey.
The addition to the existing profile of summer routes already on offer from Inverness, which includes major cities and holiday destinations, will offer an additional travel choice for local residents, as well as bring new visitors in to the Highland region.
Inverness Airport, continues to illustrate its popularity and increasingly important role to the region and is currently witnessing the longest sustained period of growth in its 77-year history. The airport recently recorded the highest monthly passenger figures since it opened in 1940 as RAF Dalcross – welcoming more than 93,000 people in July 2017 alone.
HIAL managing director, Inglis Lyon, said: “This new summer link with Zurich offers increasing leisure opportunities for Scottish travellers with over 3000 seats for sale for the summer period. The expected increase in Swiss visitors to the Highlands could boost the economy by over £350,000.
“The airport is becoming an increasingly viable departure airport for Scottish passengers looking to travel abroad, where previously Highlanders would have had to book flights from other Scottish airports, they can now start their journey from the Highland capital, which is convenient for holiday travel.
“Our airline partners are central to the continued success at Inverness and it’s great to add another international airline to our list of carriers. We look forward to building a strong relationship with Edelweiss Air. We had a record summer in 2017, and hope that new routes such as this one will only help to improve passenger numbers over the coming 12 months.”
As well as being a global centre for banking and finance, the lakeside city of Zurich is an ideal holiday destination. The city serves as a gateway to the picturesque Swiss Alps and the UNESCO heritage site, Jungfraujoch, known as “the top of Europe” is one of the area’s highlights.
Andreas Meier from Edelweiss Air added: “We are pleased to be launching the second Edelweiss route to Scotland next summer, with new flights to Inverness Airport adding to the existing service from Edinburgh. This new route will open up further opportunity for travellers from Switzerland to discover the beauty of the Scottish Highlands.”