After a few years of depression the Swiss aviation market seems to move quite a bit...
Following new airlines are on the way, some are in an early, some are in a final stage of planning.
Here we go:
Helvetic Airlines (former Odette Airways): plans to operate up to 10 Fokker 100s on low fare flights from Zurich. First destinations: Vienna, Valencia and Alicante. www.helvetic.com
Baboo Airways: Regional airline based in Geneva. First flights begin in late October between Geneva and Lugano operated by Cirrus Airlines Dash-8. Destinations such as Marseille, Florence, Venice, Bordeaux, St.Tropez, Toulouse and Olbia are planned. www.flybaboo.com
TicinoJet: TicinoJet plans to serve important European business centers from Lugano. www.ticinojet.com
Darwin Airlines: Plans to operate on the Lugano-Geneva route.
HELLO: New airline founded by Crossair founder Moritz Suter. Planned flights from Lugano to Geneva with Saab 2000 but cancelled this plans due to competition and other problems (Saab2000 are no longer tolerated in LUG). However, it is rumoured that this plan to operate on LUG-GVA was just an alibi. According to several sources, Moritz Suter worked on a different project since he was sent off by the SWISS management. His plans are to operate 12+ Embraer-170s on low cost flights ex Basel.
Basilea Airlines: Plans to operate on Basel-Europe routes. www.basilea-airlines.ch
ES Air Cargo: New cargo airline in Basel. Will take off in autumn with flights to west Africa, mainly Ghana with a DC-8. A second DC-8 will be based in BSL next year for flights to Asia.
Did I forget something?