Sorry, but that's the same newspaper which reported some time ago that Zurich Airport will close down Terminal B at Zurich this year. Obviously, that was never an option, the Sontagszeitung was completely wrong on that.
What I would like to say is, the Sontagszeitung is not one of the reliable newspapers for me. There is this story about the Terminal B, and several other articles which were full of errors. Therefore, I would't believe everything in this article.
Fact is, Swiss does still have a lot of things to do. They still have a dispute with the union SwissPilots of the ex-Crossair pilots. It looks like they don't agree to anything. There was a new escalation of that this week when some pilots launched a demonstration at Basle this week. They have pretty stupid ideas right now. After that demonstration, Mr. Dosé sent out a letter to all his employees about the situation with the Swiss Pilots and the other unsolved problems. The letter has also been sent out to the press by Swiss. Obviously, some of the extracts in the Sontagszeitung have been taken out of this letter.
They are also talking about the statement by the Swiss government that they don't want to put more money into the airline. Well, what's the sense behind this statement this week? It was always clear that it would be a one-time investment. Now, it looks like Swiss has asked the government for more money, but that didn't happen. Also for the Swiss management, it was always clear that they will not get more money from the government. So, there's really not much sense behind that statement of the government, it's just for the press again.
The article in the Sonntagszeitung is also talking about major cutbacks which could arrive soon. There is no prove whether this information is correct or not. But generaly, it's good to know that the airline has a strategy for cutbacks in case of new developements. There could be a war in Iraq soon and the economy is still very slow. So, it's necessary to have a strategy for the case that the market is getting bader. I hope every airline has such case studies. Because they will all have to react soon once the market breaks down again. So, I really don't have a problem with the fact that they are willing to make cutbacks when they are needed. That's necessary for every airline in order to survive.
Well, one last thing. I don't know many journalists which are writing positively about Swiss, Zurich Airport and the Swiss avaition industry. Sure, there have been a lot of bad things in the past, but it's shines to be very popular fo them to bash everything about aviation here. That's pretty bad because a lot of people just believe everyting what's written in the newspaper. And we have some popular "analysts" here, which make a living out of bashing Swiss and the airport. For example, as Swiss posted their load-factors for 2002, which were about 71%, all the journalists and analysts told that this is way too low. They wrote that all other airlines had better figures in 2002. I had a look to some other airlines, which published their figures, including LH, AF, KLM, AUA. And all of them were arround 70%...