The slots were sold to BA
were severely cash strapped and about to enter the Oneworld alliance. At the time LX
was codesharing on BA
flights out of Terminal 4 to Geneva.
In the end LX
did not proceed with the closer alliance with BA
, principally due to disagreements with merging Travel Club members into the Executive Club.
The result of Swiss's dalliance with BA
is that they lots these valuable slots. It also saw the end of the daily widebody service (used to be MD11's, then A330's) into Heathrow serving connecting traffic to ZRH
. All in all, a strategic mistake on the part of LX
management at the time.
I am very surprised that LX
has not tried to aqcuire more slots to resume LHR
services, or that LH
don't have some that they could spare.
This is a major hole in the Swiss network. Having said that, onward connections with LX
are a mere shadow of what they were a few years back due to cutbacks at GVA
. I used to transit GVA
regularly, or go out via GVA
and back via ZRH
to places like Athens. Nowadays it seems that ZRH
is increasingly the only option.
Sad not to see LX