COVID-19

Switzerland prepares its post-image future with cautious optimism

In a video interview at the Routes Reconnected conference Dieter Vranks, Managing Director of the Swiss airline, outlined the contours of the resumption of air traffic. ” There is no doubt that we are currently observing dramatic changes in business travel… Therefore, I look forward to a reduction in this traffic volume between 2021 and 2025. We must adapt to this new situation.“, He describes.

In the turmoil of the pandemic, Switzerland has retained its center Zurich… Although the number of thefts has decreased. ” We offer approximately 70% of destinations up to Covid. However, some of our lines …

In a video interview at the Routes Reconnected conference Dieter Vranks, Managing Director of the Swiss airline, outlined the contours of the resumption of air traffic. ” There is no doubt that we are currently observing dramatic changes in business travel… Therefore, I look forward to a reduction in this traffic volume between 2021 and 2025. We must adapt to this new situation.“, He describes.

In the turmoil of the pandemic, Switzerland has retained its center Zurich… Although the number of thefts has decreased. ” We offer approximately 70% of destinations up to Covid. However, some of our lines are only served by freight. This is, for example, the case in Mumbai or Shanghai. The cargo ship allows us keep the hub active… this is essential for communication in Switzerland in general“, – explains the CEO.

From Zurich, Switzerland also continues to provide most of its European connections.… But there, too, with lower frequencies. ” Sure Brussels For example, until 2020, we offer three flights a week instead of about thirty flights a week. In fact, vaccination alone will significantly alter demand.“, He adds.

Which markets will be the first to recover volume? ” It will be Europe rather resting places to begin. He will then sell a US tour and finally Asia.“, Predicts Dieter Wranks.

The future probably looks like a businessman who starts his day with a virtual meeting and then gets on a plane in the afternoon for a personal meeting.

Business travel will recover, but it will take time. He will indeed continue to be influenced by new travel behaviors.… ” Direct contacts will return as not everything can be resolved exclusively through online meetings. I don’t think we’re going to go from one extreme to the other. But we may think it will affect day trips and back. The future probably looks like a businessman who starts his day with a virtual meeting and then gets on a plane. in the afternoon for a personal meeting“.

We feel that the demand for travel is very high and we are confident that the markets will return. First you need to quarantine lifted around the world. it a prerequisite for recovery“, Says Dieter Wranks. In his opinion, airlines will have to focus on the next five years, because this is a critical period for the survival of many of them. ” We need to redefine our public image in the post-image world.“, He describes.

This, in particular, will require a great deal of effort in favor ofWednesday and the durability of the product. Because for Dieter Vranks Covid overshadowed environmental concerns… ” But they will return, and the demand for sustainability will be particularly high in Europe. We have already reduced our CO2 emissions by 27%. The public demands even more effort, and we must prove our spirit of innovation.“, – he assures.

No questions about the hub in Zurich

What will Swiss ultimately look like in the post-coronavirus world? According to the CEO, the Swiss carrier will maintain its center in Zurich because the latter has demonstrated its resilience. But he confirms that Switzerland’s future size will be less than before Covid… ” We are going to keep most of our network, but we will have to adjust our capacity. We must adapt to weaker demand. We will provide more details in the second quarter.“, – emphasizes Dieter Vranks. Zurich in this way the lining of the hub is preserved. Much to the satisfaction of travelers who generally appreciate the comfort of this airport.

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