Posted on: 08 March 2011 by Ross McSweeny
SkyWork Airlines will make its debut in the UK market with addition of flights to London City from Bern on 27 March.
The airline’s 31-seat Dornier 328s will operate between Sunday and Friday every evening, enabling passengers at both ends of the route a full business day. From 5 September, the frequency on the route will double to two flights daily, also Sunday to Friday.
The airline will feature a complimentary Swiss themed inflight menu. SkyWork is also offering a free hold baggage allowance of 20 kg per passenger, plus cabin baggage of 8 kg.
The new service means that visitors to the Bernese Oberland will no longer have to travel to Bern via Basel, Zurich or Geneva. And with the imminent end to London City–Basel services, travellers to Basel will be able to take SkyWork’s service and be in Switzerland’s second city within 40 minutes by car.
“There is great prestige flying to London City Airport and we are determined to make a success of this route,” declared SkyWork Airlines’ CEO Tomislav Lang.
SkyWork is also launching seven more routes for the winter timetable to and from Bern. The end of October sees the airline adding regular services to Madrid, Belgrade, Milan Linate, Rome, Budapest, Amsterdam and Vienna.
To enable this growth, SkyWork is expanding its fleet with two more Dornier 328s and two more Bombardier Q400s. “By year end we will have six aircraft,” confirmed Lang. A Dornier 328 comes on line from 10 March, while a second Q400 arrives in May. The other two deliveries are being negotiated for September and October.
Once the Dornier 328 is established on the London City route – and for the first six months SkyWork is targeting a 60% load factor – the intention is to move up to the 70-seat Q400.