Winter timetable 2022: improved service to Asia and Africa


When the clocks go back on Sunday, 30 October 2022, the winter timetable will enter into force at Zurich Airport. With the resumption of the Zurich - Hong Kong route on Cathay Pacific and SWISS, the offer to Asia will be expanded . Via its hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines is also linking Zurich with a wide range of connections to Africa. Moreover, new services in the summer timetable will be continued over the winter, and passengers on Chair Airlines will also be able to benefit from the self bag drop service.

On 31 October, Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa and a member of the Star Alliance, will operate its maiden flight between Zurich and Addis Ababa. Ethiopian will offer three flights a week with a stop in Milan. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the Boeing 787-9 will take off at 20.30 for Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. From the Ethiopian capital there are excellent connections to destinations across the entire African continent. Services to Asia, too, will be expanded– with Cathay Pacific and SWISS. After a pandemic-induced break of two years, the Asian carrier will offer twice-weekly flights on an Airbus A350 from Zurich to Hong Kong. SWISS will also reintroduce the Hong Kong route with five flights a week. 

Swiss and Edelweiss expand their offering 

Both the hub carrier SWISS and Edelweiss will expand their timetables from Zurich during the winter. SWISS will now fly to Bristol, in the south-west of England. Edelweiss will offer a weekly flight to Boa Vista, the second of the Cape Verde Islands it flies to. Furthermore, Edelweiss will offer two rotations to Aqaba (Jordan) with a stop in Amman from February 2023. 

SWISS is also expanding its long-haul offering and will offer more flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangkok with daily services in the winter. The service to Singapore will be increased from five to six flights per week. 

Continuation of new summer destinations 

The destinations launched by SWISS in the summer – Bologna, Nantes, Sofia and Vilnius – as well as Ponta Delgada (operated by Edelweiss Air) will continue to be served in the winter. Similarly, Croatia Airlines will also continue its flights to Split and Pula. 

Anyone seeking some warm temperatures in Europe in the colder season can travel with Chair Airlines to Las Palmas and Tenerife during the winter. easyJet will also operate four weekly services from Zurich to Lisbon. 

Saudia, which operated the first flight from Riyad to Zurich in August, will continue its flights during the winter too. United Airlines, which began operating a flight to Chicago at the end of April, will do likewise. 

Chair Airlines now offers self bag drop 

From 30 October, Chair Airlines will offer a self bag drop service. At row 5 of Check-in 2, passengers using the airline will be able to hand in their luggage themselves. The self bag drop service can also be used the evening before a flight. In order to use the service, passengers must first check in online and hold a boarding pass. Instructions on how to use the machines and a brief explanatory video are available on the web page. 

More information and explanatory video Self Bag Drop.

Since March 2022, customers of the Lufthansa Group have been able to use the self bag drop to hand in luggage at Check-in 2 and 3.