New appointment for Swiss

Swiss International Air Lines has appointed a new country sales manager to oversee its UK and Ireland operations.

Swiss-born Gregor Koncilja, 35, takes up the position having worked with the airline for three years, most recently as Head of Marketing Switzerland in Zurich. In his new role as country sales manager, UK & Ireland, he will be responsible for the strategic direction of the company’s corporate and leisure business across its network of 70 destinations in 42 countries out of London City, London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Dublin.

A highly qualified executive manager with more than 13 years’ senior commercial management experience at SWISS, BTI Switzerland and ExecuJet Mexico, Gregor has a proven track record of delivering financial and commercial targets, and successfully growing businesses. He is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead on the British and Irish markets.

“I am delighted to take on this new role at a very exciting time for SWISS’s British and Irish operations,” said Gregor. “Recent years have seen increasing success out of the UK and Ireland and with the popularity of our new 07:00hrs flight to Zurich and with two additional frequencies to Geneva from London City for business passengers, and leisure travellers liable to flock to Switzerland for Euro 2008, there is much to be excited about.”

“Last year we carried 10.5 million passengers and our latest figures show that, in Europe, SWISS increased its seat load factor in 2006 by 5.4 percentage points. Our passengers are clearly starting to realise the benefits that Swiss International Air Lines offers in terms of comfort, schedule, reliability and quality of service,” he added.


“We are always investing in our fleet and route network to improve our overall service to customers and I am very excited at the prospect of leading SWISS through a campaign for slick, hassle-free travel and the development of its global network out of the UK.

“We are currently offering eight daily frequencies from London City to Zurich, six to Geneva and two to Basel, six from London Heathrow to Zurich, three from Manchester to Zurich, three from Birmingham to Zurich, one from Dublin to Zurich and three frequencies per week from Manchester to Basel.”

“These are exciting times for SWISS in the UK and Ireland and I relish the thought of steering the company through the challenges ahead,” concluded Gregor.

Swiss International Air Lines serves 70 destinations in 42 countries with a fleet of 73 aircraft. Of these destinations 43 are in Europe and 27 are intercontinental. In addition, SWISS offers 13 other cities on codeshare flights operated by partners. As part of the Lufthansa Group and Star Alliance SWISS offers travellers a global network comprising 841 destinations in 157 countries.