Sabena332
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Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Question

Mon Oct 23, 2006 2:17 am

Hi all,

A few friends and me are flying to Spain between Christmas and New Year, we decided for Swiss because they offered the best cost/performance ratio.

Is it possible to buy smokes and booze in the duty-free shop in ZRH during our 1:15h connection time? I mean, we're flying from one EU country to another but via Switzerland so it must be possible to buy something in the duty-free, right?

If it is possible: Is there a duty-free shop in the transit area or do we have to leave the transit area?

Is Swiss offering duty-free goods on their flights to Spain? I flew a few times on them from DUS to ZRH but there was never a duty-free sale onboard.

Patrick
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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Question

Mon Oct 23, 2006 2:51 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Is it possible to buy smokes and booze in the duty-free shop in ZRH during our 1:15h connection time? I mean, we're flying from one EU country to another but via Switzerland so it must be possible to buy something in the duty-free, right?

Yes, it is possible to buy duty free items on flights out of ZRH to any destination outside Switzerland.

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):

If it is possible: Is there a duty-free shop in the transit area or do we have to leave the transit area?

I assume you will arrive/leave at Terminal A. Both, A and E do have shops available.

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Is Swiss offering duty-free goods on their flights to Spain? I flew a few times on them from DUS to ZRH but there was never a duty-free sale onboard.

For details check the Swiss website at http://www.swiss.com. If not mistaken, Swiss does offer Duty Free sale on it's flights to Spain.
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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Question

Mon Oct 23, 2006 3:02 am

Thanks a lot for your quick reply!

Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 1):
Yes, it is possible to buy duty free items on flights out of ZRH to any destination outside Switzerland.

Perfect!

Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 1):
I assume you will arrive/leave at Terminal A. Both, A and E do have shops available.

Super, there is nothing better than spending the connecting time at the duty-free shop instead of hanging around at the gate!

Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 1):
If not mistaken, Swiss does offer Duty Free sale on it's flights to Spain.

Great!

This is IMO another reason to fly on LX via ZRH!

Patrick
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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Questio

Mon Oct 23, 2006 3:28 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 2):
Super, there is nothing better than spending the connecting time at the duty-free shop instead of hanging around at the gate!

To hear something like that from a seasoned A.netter! The world isn't what it used to be!  fever   gasp   old 
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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Question

Mon Oct 23, 2006 3:44 am

hi Patrick, yes LX sells Duty-Free on their flights to Spain.

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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Question

Mon Oct 23, 2006 4:07 am

Quoting EHHO (Reply 3):
To hear something like that from a seasoned A.netter! The world isn't what it used to be!

I don't know why but somehow did I lose interest in plane spotting, I also stopped to book flights just to get new aircraft types or airlines for my flight log-book.

Quoting DALelite (Reply 4):
yes LX sells Duty-Free on their flights to Spain.

Perfect! Danke, Markus!

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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Question

Mon Oct 23, 2006 4:35 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Is there a duty-free shop in the transit area or do we have to leave the transit area?

Actually all duty-free shops are airside and this is transit area.

Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 1):
I assume you will arrive/leave at Terminal A. Both, A and E do have shops available.

It does not matter at which gates you arrive/leave (A or/and E). Only go in between the flights to the Airside Center. There are plenty of shops and you will be very fast back to the A gates (walking and walk-ways) or E (air train).
 
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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Question

Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:35 pm

Patrick

Well, since you are flying in from DUS and flying to Spain you will msot probably arrive and depart from gates A. DUS will probably be a BUS gate with jumbolino, Flights to spain depend on destination/aircraft type, but should be gate a as well. once you arrive at the bus gate just go up the stairs to the new airside center, they have lots of good nuance duty free shops. Since you're flying in ZRH, you might wanna check the prices inflight, then go look at them in the duty free shop, and decide whether to buy them in the aircraft or the airport. I'm not sure which is cheeper, there might be a difference, anyone (smokers??) know that?
Also, on your way back from Spain, you might have the chance to buy Duty free items on flights to switzerland since it's not in the EU, i know this is the case in LIS, Portugal. This might even be cheaper than in ZRH... But of course you'll probably use up the goods you bought on your flight to spain anyway, and use both opportunities, right  Smile

Btw, haven't seen you on ZRH meetings lately?

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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Question

Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:16 pm

FYI - I just flew through ZRH, LHR and JFK.
ZRH duty free is ridiculously priced as compared to JFK or even LHR.

Buyer beware.
 
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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Question

Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:03 pm

Quoting Shlomoz (Reply 8):
FYI - I just flew through ZRH, LHR and JFK.
ZRH duty free is ridiculously priced as compared to JFK or even LHR.

Ridiculously cheap or expensive?
 
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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Questio

Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:06 pm




Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 9):
Ridiculously cheap or expensive?

ZRH is in Switzerland, not in Paraguay.

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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Question

Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:14 pm

Quoting EHHO (Reply 10):
Ridiculously cheap or expensive

I found the alcohol wasnt worth it, though they have lots of unqiuely swiss things...Swiss Wine is a Swiss Secret ! (it's good and they dont export it).


Cigarettes are as cheap they are in eastern europe... so it's a bargain to the rest of us.
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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Question

Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:08 pm

Quoting StarGoldLHR (Reply 11):
I found the alcohol wasnt worth it, though they have lots of unqiuely swiss things...Swiss Wine is a Swiss Secret ! (it's good and they dont export it).

It is the first time that I hear that Swiss wines are not exported. I rather think they are almost unknown. Actually it is true that many Swiss wineries in the last few decades made big progress and produce very good wines. They now look on quality and not on quantity as they did 20 years ago. I read that a Merlot del Ticino (wine from the Italian speaking part of Switzerland) won a blind testing contest against several Bordeaux wines. But also from other parts of the country north-east, Grison, Valais, Vaud, Geneva (and others) you can get very good wines.
I was in Cyprus for vacation a few days ago and found that the prices at LCA for liquors and Whiskies are higher than at ZRH. BTW LCA is not a too nice airport.
 
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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Question

Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:35 pm

Thanks a bunch for all the replies and tips! I am glad that we can buy cheap smokes (all of us are smokers) and cheap booze, now I only hope that we also have nice weather to have a few drinks on the terrace in the evening!  Wink

Quoting SwissA330 (Reply 7):
Btw, haven't seen you on ZRH meetings lately?

I was at the January meeting which was excellent (Jurgen was there as well btw.). Count me in for the next meeting, ZRH is always worth a visit!

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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Question

Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:45 pm

Quoting ZRH (Reply 6):
Actually all duty-free shops are airside and this is transit area.

Infact he doesn't need to go to the airside terminal. There are also some duty free shops at Terminal A and E and he wouldn't have to leave the terminals if he is only looking to buy some cigaretts or alcohol. Of course all the brands store and everything is airside.

Quoting StarGoldLHR (Reply 11):

Cigarettes are as cheap they are in eastern europe... so it's a bargain to the rest of us.

Agree, cigarettes are as very cheap compared to other places in Western Europe or North America.
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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Questio

Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:08 pm

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 13):
I am glad that we can buy cheap smokes (all of us are smokers)

In case you want to try Swiss brand cigarettes, try Parisienne Jaune, they're excellent Big grin
 
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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Question

Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:30 am

Quoting ZRH" class=quote target=_blank>ZRH (Reply 12):
was in cyprus for vacation a few days ago and found that the prices at LCA for liquors and Whiskies are higher than at ZRH. BTW LCA is not a too nice airport.

I fully agree with you and so is Cyprus Government!! That's why they have awarded to an international consortium the construction of brand new terminals at both LCA and PFO (you may have seen the construction work taking place near the new Control Tower). The new terminals will have state of art technology and facilities (airbridges, cafes, restaurants etc)

The existing airportat LCA was build as a temporary airport in 1974 when Nicosia airport closed due to the Turkish invasion. Nicosia airport is now in the middle of a build up area and cannot be reused for commercial flights even if a solution to the Cyprus problem is found. Hence the decision to build the new terminals at LCA and PFO.

The existing terminal will either be demolished or converted to a mall after the new one opens in Summer 2009.
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RE: Swiss Airlines & ZRH Airport Duty Free Question

Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:43 am

Quoting CYatUK (Reply 16):
The existing airportat LCA was build as a temporary airport in 1974 when Nicosia airport closed due to the Turkish invasion. Nicosia airport is now in the middle of a build up area and cannot be reused for commercial flights even if a solution to the Cyprus problem is found. Hence the decision to build the new terminals at LCA and PFO.

Thanks for the information. I am glad to hear it. The actual LCA terminal is really looking like an ugly 70ties building. It is cramped and has no daylight and you almost have no view onto the tarmac, like you have in modern airports.

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