Sofia Airport welcomed with water salute the aircraft of Swiss International Air Lines that landed at 09:29 a.m. from Zurich.
The official ceremony celebrating the return of the Swiss air carrier to Bulgaria was attended by Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Ivaylo Moskovski, the Ambassadors of the two countries – Their Excellencies Denis Knobel and Meglena Plugchieva, Sofia Airport’s Executive Director Hristo Shterionov, Head of SWISS Austria and Central Eastern Europe Bernhard Wodl, and journalists.
In his welcome speech, Hristo Shterionov expressed the satisfaction of the entire airport personnel with the introduction of Sofia, after a three-year interruption, to the network of the Swiss airline as one of the twenty-two new European destinations, to which year-round flights will be operated. “Sofia is gaining in popularity again as a tourist and business destination and the return of Swiss is a vivid demonstration of that fact. For us this means trust and an opportunity for establishing long-term partnership” – Mr. Shterionov said.
Head of Swiss Austria and Central Eastern Europe Bernhard Wodl highlighted that due to the excellent collaboration with the airport authorities and personnel, SWISS managed to introduce Sofia as a new destination to its network. “As part of the Lufthansa Group and a member of Star Alliance, SWISS remains faithful to its mission of providing quality air services that link Switzerland with Europe and the world” – Mr. Wodl noted.
Minister Moskovski welcomed back the Swiss airline and said that 30 000 passengers were expected to take advantage of the destination within a year. “I would like to assure the management team of SWISS that choosing Sofia Airport as a partner, they have chosen a successfully developing airport” – the Minister said.
Both sides showed interest in strengthening their relationship in future.
Sofia – Zurich route is operated with Avro RJ 100 and Fokker 100 aircraft. The flights are operated four times a week from Terminal 2 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Arrival and departure times are different on different days of the week to the convenience of passengers travelling on business or looking for connecting flights to other destinations through Zurich airport.
The airline offers three types of tickets – First Class, Business Class and Economy Class. Tickets can be booked online as well. The price of round trip Sofia – Zurich is EUR 124, Economy Class.
Swiss International Air Lines is the twenty-first air carrier operating scheduled passenger flights from and to Sofia Airport all year round.
ZURICH – SOFIA (ZRH-SOF)
Summer Schedule 2015: four flights a week
LX1860 ZRH-SOF 06:30-09:45 4_7 AR1 03May15-22Oct15
LX1860 ZRH-SOF 11:55-15:10 6_ AR1 02May15-24Oct15
LX1860 ZRH-SOF 17:00-20:15 2___AR1 05May15-20Oct15
LX1861 SOF-ZRH 10:25-11:55 4_7 AR1 03May15-22Oct15
LX1861 SOF-ZRH 15:45-17:15 6 AR1 02May15-24Oct15
LX1861 SOF-ZRH 20:55-22:25 2__ AR1 05May15-20Oct15
Winter Schedule 2015/2016: two flights a week
LX1860 ZRH-SOF 12:00-15:10 6_ E90 31Oct15-26Mar16
LX1860 ZRH-SOF 17:10-20:20 3_100 28Oct15-23Mar16
LX1861 SOF-ZRH 15:45-17:00 6_E90 31Oct15-26Mar16
LX1861 SOF-ZRH 20:55-22:10 3 100 28Oct15-23Mar16