Swiss WorldCargo launches four new direct routes
Swiss WorldCargo has entered into a capacity agreement with holiday charter airline Edelweiss Air, enabling it to serve four new destinations this summer. Beginning in June, Swiss WorldCargo will operate direct weekly flights from its Zurich hub to Beijing; Anchorage, Alaska; Orlando, Fla.; and Beirut.
Swiss WorldCargo said these new routes will fortify its presence in China, North America and the Middle East.
By serving Beijing, for instance, Swiss WorldCargo hopes to take advantage of the city’s prolific exportation of electronics, automobiles, chemicals, garments, machinery, metallurgy, textiles and household appliances. This is not the first time the Switzerland-based carrier will fly to China, however — Swiss WorldCargo already operates daily routes to Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Swiss WorldCargo also aspires to increase its presence in the United States. Although it already flies to several U.S. cities, adding Anchorage and Orlando to the mix will enable it to diversify its service offerings. The carrier can export Alaska’s seafood and ship goods from various industries served in central Florida.
Finally, Swiss WorldCargo said the Beirut route allows it to ship small- to mid-sized freight.
Swiss WorldCargo Chief Cargo Officer Oliver Evans credits his company’s partnership with Edelweiss Air with the increased capacity. “Like most of the routes we serve with the Edelweiss Air fleet, these new flights are small in volume terms, but require as much sophistication of service and reliability as any of the other specialist markets which we focus on, so that both Swiss WorldCargo and Edelweiss Air have benefited and will continue to enjoy new, attractive business opportunities,” he said in a statement.
Swiss WorldCargo also announced that it will reinstate its route to Vancouver/Calgary, Canada, this summer.