With the demise of Adria leaving a gap in its domestic network, SWISS is expanding it Flugzug rail service to Lugano.
In German, Flugzug is literally flight train, though SWISS translates it as Airtrain. When SWISS abandoned Basel (BSL), it introduced codeshare rail service with Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) between Basel and Zurich Airport. The rail codeshare service has allowed for more frequencies and better connections for travelers originating in Basel, even if the train is more time consuming than well-timed flights.
Earlier this month, Slovenian carrier Adria collapsed. Adria not only provided service from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, but operated domestic service on behalf of SWISS between Zurich and Lugano.
I had the chance to fly Adria on this route over the summer. You can read my review here.
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That route will not be resumed via air. Instead, SWISS announced an extension of its Flugzug rail service to include Lugano.
Starting on October 16, SWISS will offer 14 codeshare train journeys between Lugano SBB and Zurich Airport. Miles & More members can earn award and status miles on these trains. Economy class passengers are seated in economy class while business and first class passengers travel in first class.
The expanded Flugzug service is helpful in keeping Lugano connected to Zurich and the world. Still, Milan Malpensa Airport is even closer than Zurich and also accessible by train. Tickets prices are also often cheaper. Thus, I suspect many will take advantage of SWISS’ new train service, but many more will just head south to Milan.