It was not GIG, that they left, it was GRU
The most certainly left GIG
and are still operating into GRU
5 times weekly. GRU
used to be daily, GIG
has never been served more than 3 times weekly, although during the SR
used to received non-stop flights from ZRH
, which would then continue to EZE
LXs CEO released a statement 3 weeks ago that his airline is looking for 2 additional A 343s to make GRU, BKK and LAX from 6 weekly to daily services!!!
Funny that they are now looking for additional capacity after having shed so much capacity in the first place. They could as well have kept 2 of the the A332s that are now flying around at LH
and other companies. Swiss is facing a huge competitive disadvantage by not being able to serve key longhaul markets such as LAX
daily. They also received authority last year to serve NRT
daily but haven't so far acted upon it. So, if LX
were to expand, I'd say these would be the first moves to make.
As for new destinations, I guess we'll see a couple of other moves before the airline decides to ever go back to PHL
. For some reason a couple of enlightened minds at SR
/LX deemed it necessary to withdraw from booming markets like Shanghai, Beijing and Delhi at a time when other airlines are trampling each other to dead to get their hands on extra rights to these destinations. It would be a logical move to contemplate returning to these emerging markets as soon as humanly possible!