New Air links into Europe from Bristol announced

The new service will link businesses across the region to one of Europe’s major financial centres. Zurich is home to the world’s fourth biggest stock exchange and is a centre for banking and insurance, pharmaceuticals, and high technology industries, as well as the world’s largest gold trading market.

For Swiss passengers, Bristol Airport provides an ideal gateway to Somerset and the South West opening up excellent business and tourism opportunities.

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport, said: “Zurich is a key business destination, and this direct flight means that the South West is once again connected to this globally important financial centre.  It also enables the region to market its attractions to Swiss tourists, for whom the UK currently represents great value for money.”

Rupert Cox, CEO of Somerset 3D commented " This is great news for the region. Somerset is at the heart of the West Country – and thanks to our excellent motorway and rail network, within just two hours you can be in London, the Midlands, Wales and the far West – or the rest of the world by plane."

Helvetic Airways becomes the 12th scheduled airline operating from Bristol Airport. Flights will be operated by a Fokker 100.

Tickets can be purchased via www.helvetic.com, with return fares from £145.

Find out more about Connected Somerset here.