SWISS is conducting an unchanged strategy at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg: Basel, like Geneva, is to be directly connected to the most important European destinations. SWISS CEO André Dosé has decisively rejected contrary reports and speculations which have been appearing in the media and political circles. As has always been stated since the start-up of SWISS, only Zurich performs the hub function and this in direct competition with the major hubs such as London, Paris or Frankfurt.
SWISS has a new strategy for EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, it is planning to reduce its presence there and wants to transfer all European connecting traffic to Zurich. This has been reported in the media in the last few days, followed by statements from the politicians. Cited as the source of these reports were statements made by SWISS Chief André Dosé to journalists in Hamburg on October 9.
SWISS is firmly adhering to the strategy, as has always been clearly stated, whereby the national airports of Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg and Geneva are to have direct links to the most important European destinations. This was confirmed by André Dosé in Hamburg.
Zurich remains the primary hub for Europe and intercontinental traffic. Lugano and Berne airports will be meaningfully incorporated in the SWISS route network.
As regards EuroAirport, this means that the number of the more than 20 50-seat aircraft based in Basel will remain unchanged. The 40 per cent share of transfer traffic, generated by direct connections to Basel, fully meets the current SWISS concept.