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SWISS airline expands its US-bound flights and ups frequency

The national flag carrier Swiss operates several direct flights from Switzerland to North American airports, including the new service to Washington DC.

SWISS airline expands its US-bound flights and ups frequency
The national airline will continue to fly to the US throughout winter 2025. Photo: Pixabay

In March, Switzerland’s flag carrier inaugurated its direct service from Zurich to the US capital as part of its summer timetable.

These flights will continue through winter 2024, the company said.

The airline will also increase the frequency of some its other US-bound flights.

Its services between Zurich and Los Angeles and San Francisco “will each be increased to daily operations, while twice-daily service will be offered on the Zurich-Miami route,” SWISS said.

The existing nonstop flights to New York, Newark and Chicago will be maintained as well, as will other North American routes, such as to the Canadian city of  Toronto, which was inaugurated on May 10th.

European routes

Other flights that were introduced into the 2024 summer schedue and will continue to operate through the winter include the daily service from Zurich to London Gatwick, and thrice-weekly one to both Cluj-Napoca (Romania) and Košice (Slovakia).

Where else will SWISS fly this winter?

SWISS’s 2024/25 winter schedule, which starts on October 27th and ends on March 29th, 2025, will serve a total of 93 destinations from Zurich and Geneva: 65 European and 23 intercontinental points from Zurich, as well as 22 short-haul ones and one to the US from Geneva, the airline said.
 

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Is start date for EES biometric passport checks set to be delayed again?

The EU's new EES system of biometric passport checks at borders has already been repeatedly delayed, but now there are reports that it could be pushed back again amid concerns that transport terminals - especially in the UK - are not ready.

Is start date for EES biometric passport checks set to be delayed again?

After several postponements, the new EU border security system known as the Entry & Exit System (EES) is due to go live in the autumn of 2024.

The European Commission has never officially confirmed the exact start date, but information sent to airports and other transport terminals indicated Sunday, October 6th as the likely start date.

However, now the British newspaper The Independent has reported that it has been delayed again, albeit only for a few weeks, with the likely new start date Sunday, November 10th.

At the time of writing the Commission has not released a firm start date, but The Local has requested further clarification.

The Independent also reports that the EU is considering allowing a ‘soft launch’ which will allow transport operators to be excused from collecting full biometric data on all travellers if there are significant delays at a border crossing point. The Local has asked the Commission for clarification on this point.

The system is causing a major headache for ports and rail terminals in the UK, with fears of long tailbacks at entry points such as the Port of Dover or the Eurostar St Pancras terminal. 

The problems are particularly acute at the UK-France border because of high travel volumes, the juxtaposed borders and the fact that Brits are no longer EU citizens and are therefore subject to EES checks.

READ ALSO Why is the UK-France border such a problem for EES checks? 

The EES system was designed prior to Brexit, when UK travellers were still EU citizens and would therefore not have been required to complete EES pre-registration.

You can read more about exactly how EES will affect different modes of transport on the links below;

The first time that passengers cross an external EU/Schengen zone border after the introduction of the system they will be required to provide biometric data including facial scans and fingerprints.

These must be collected on site, and there are fears that the extra requirements will lead to long queues at border crossings.

The checks only apply to non-EU citizens, while non-EU citizens who are resident in an EU country are also exempt.

Find full details of the new system HERE.

Once EES is (finally) up and running it will be followed by another new system – ETIAS which will require tourists and short-stay visitors to the EU to pay €7 in advance and register for a visa waiver. Under 18s and over 70s are exempt from this payment – full details HERE.

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