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Edelweiss to begin nonstop seasonal service between Zurich and San Diego

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SAN DIEGO, CA – June 21, 2016 – Edelweiss, Switzerland’s leading leisure airline, is further expanding its route network to North America. From June 9, 2017, the airline will offer flights to San Diego for the first time.

An Airbus A340-300 will fly twice a week between Zurich and San Diego and connect the two cities directly. The new connection allows Swiss and European tourists to reach San Diego in a comfortable way. “California is very popular among Swiss tourists,” says Bernd Bauer CEO of Edelweiss. “Swiss travelers like to stay longer and spend more money during their time on vacation than visitors from other countries. Our flights will bring approximately 15,000 visitors to San Diego per year, creating an economic impact of around $50 million per year.”

“We are excited to welcome Edelweiss, a Lufthansa group carrier, to San Diego’s growing list of international airlines,” said Thella F. Bowens, San Diego International Airport’s President/CEO. “This new service to Switzerland means San Diegans will have direct access to six countries. Each of these global markets brings significant economic benefits to the San Diego region.”

The flight not only opens San Diego to Swiss and European visitors, but it also offers a convenient non-stop flight for Americans to the heart of Europe with many connection possibilities to other European cities beyond Zurich.

Flight Schedule (all times local)

Dates of Operation

Route

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Mondays

Zurich (ZRH) – San Diego (SAN)

1:30 p.m.

5:05 p.m.

San Diego (SAN) – Zurich (ZRH)

 

6:45 p.m.

3:20 p.m. +1 day

Fridays

Zurich (ZRH) – San Diego (SAN)

2:05 p.m.

5:40 p.m.

San Diego (SAN) – Zurich (ZRH)

 

7:10 p.m.

3:45 p.m. +1 day

The above schedule is subject to change.

Edelweiss flights from San Diego can be booked at swiss.com or through any travel agency. For more information, please visit www.flyedelweiss.com.

The route will be operated by a newly converted Airbus A340-300 with 314 seats. Edelweiss Business Class is equipped with 27 fully lie-flat seats and a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system including a 16” HD touch screen.

The Economy Max cabin features 76 comfortable seats which offer passengers 15 centimeters more legroom, more recline and many other amenities. The 211 Economy Class seats ensure a relaxing flight and offer also an in-flight entertainment system that includes HD touch screens as well.

About Edelweiss

Since 2008, Edelweiss Switzerland’s leading leisure airline, is a member of the Lufthansa Group and sister company to Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). The head office is at Zurich Airport. Edelweiss transports more than 1.3 million passengers a year to 40 destinations around the world. In recent years, Edelweiss has earned numerous awards for the high quality of its services. The airline’s globally distinctive mark is the famous alpine flower which adorns the Swiss mountain peaks and represents the “little extra” that makes Edelweiss so special.

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Media Contacts:          

Rebecca Bloomfield, San Diego International Airport

(619) 400-2880 / Mobile: (619) 890-8279 / rbloomfi@san.org

Andreas Meier, Head of Corporate Communications, Edelweiss Air AG

andreas.meier@flyedelweiss.com

www.flyedelweiss.com/company/media

Phone: +41 43 456 55 11

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