Cheap Swiss International Airlines Flights

Swiss International Airlines is the national flag carrier for Switzerland, having been formed when the now defunct Swissair collapsed in 2001. Swissair sold most of its assets to another Swiss airline, Crossair, which later changed its name to Swiss International Airlines (also sometimes called simply Swiss). The new airline began operations in early 2002.

Swiss International Airlines flies to 70 destinations in North America, South America, Africa, Asia and throughout Europe. The main hub for the airline is Zurich International Airport and its headquarters is in Basel, Switzerland. Geneva Cointrin International Airport is a focus city for Swiss International Airlines, which is a subsidiary of the German giant Lufthansa. Swiss created a budget airline subsidiary called Swiss European Air Lines which serves only regional destinations in Europe.

Swiss International Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance airline alliance. Originally, the airline had wanted to be part of the Oneworld airline alliance, but later decided not to participate with Oneworld because the airline did not want to merge its frequent flyer program with that of British Airways. Lufthansa took over Swiss in 2005, and Swiss then joined the Star Alliance in 2006. Swiss also has code sharing agreements with several airlines, including Air France, El Al, Egypt Air, PrivatAir, Brussels Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.

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