Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has announced that it will introduce new ‘Airtrain’ services between Geneva’s Cornavin central station and Zurich Airport in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Railways ((SBB).
The airline expects that the new air train services will help keep Western Switzerland optimally connected with Zurich Airport even after the timetable changes that the airline has to make in response to the coronavirus crisis. The extension of the Airtrain network to Geneva will allow SWISS to offer its customers more options to travel to its Zurich base.
The new Airtrain service is intended to supplement the existing air services between Geneva and Zurich airports, to continue to give the people of Western Switzerland the best possible connections with the intercontinental and European air services that SWISS operates from its Zurich hub. SWISS has reduced its own Zurich-Geneva flight frequencies in view of the present coronavirus pandemic.
Under the new Airtrain service, selected SBB trains between Geneva Cornavin and Zurich Airport will be assigned SWISS flight numbers. Travel on these trains to the SWISS hub in Zurich is included in the flight ticket. The new facility also extends to any SWISS travellers commencing their rail journey from Geneva Airport (Cointrin) station. The new Airtrain programme is the third of its kind: similar services are already offered to SWISS customers on the Basel-Zurich Airport and Lugano-Zurich Airport rail routes.
“Keeping Western Switzerland closely connected with our global Zurich-based flight network is extremely important to us,” said SWISS CEO Thomas Klühr.
“In extending these Airtrain services to Geneva, we are offering our customers even more choice in planning their travels with SWISS. We’re also responding to a growing demand among our guests for greater combinability of their air and rail travel options.”
“The new Geneva-Zurich Airtrain connects the Romandie with German-speaking Switzerland and the train with the plane,” says SBB CEO Vincent Ducrot. “And as a public transport company, that is something we are pleased and proud to do.”
The new Airtrain timetables between Geneva Cornavin and Zurich Airport offer SWISS travellers up to ten SBB trains a day in each direction, which provides substantially more choice and flexibility than the four daily Geneva-Zurich flights that SWISS has operated to date.
The additional options will ensure favourable connections at Zurich Airport to and from all the key SWISS flights.
AirTrain Partnership Promoting Swiss Intermodal Travel
SWISS and the SBB established their new strategic partnership to expand intermodal travel in Switzerland in October of last year. In doing so, the partners were responding to growing customer demand for seamless combinability among the country’s various transport modes.
The new Airtrain services between Geneva Cornavin and Zurich Airport mark a further step in promoting rail travel as an integrated means of getting to and from SWISS’s Zurich Airport hub. SWISS and the SBB intend to further strengthen their successful collaboration in the future, to the benefit of their joint customers.