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Great news - Edelweiss will again be operating their seasonal flights from Cape Town to Zurich (CPT-ZRH) from October 2015 until the May 2016. They have shifted their Tuesday flights to Mondays, and are still operating the Friday flights. Monday flights are scheduled to leave Cape Town at 19h45 (and land in Zurich at 06h10) and Friday flights are scheduled to leave CPT at 23h30 (and arrive in Zurich at 09h55). Both frequencies use flight code WK85.

The twice weekly flights are in an Airbus A330-200, which will have seats for Edelweiss's new Economy Max class of travel, in addition to the standard economy and business class seats. The refurbished planes also boast lie-flat seats in business class.

In all honestly the main purpose of the route is to ferry Europeans from Zurich to Cape Town, and those South Africans wanting to travel from the Cape to Switzerland are a fringe benefit (otherwise they'd be flying in South Africa's winter as well). But the flights work just as well for Capetonians wanting to go to Europe (a skiing holiday comes to mind).

Edelweiss is a Swiss airline, which is named after a popular flower in Switzerland, and is owned 100% by Swiss Air (which in turn is part of the Lufthansa Group). Zurich is the biggest airport in Switzerland.


  • From the 30th September 2013 until the 2nd May 2014 Edelweiss flew the CPT-ZRH route. There were 2 flights a week, on Tuesdays (leaving at 06h10) and Fridays (leaving at 09h55).

Economy Max

Edelweiss launched a new Economy Max class that has fifteen centimetres of legroom and five centimetres of backrest recline more than their Economy class. Economy Max passengers also receive complementary alcoholic beverages on all flights and an amenity kit on long haul flights only.

Business Class

Edelweiss's business class seats are lie-flat seats. The seat is 2m long and has a built in massage function. They offer a wide variety of current magazines and newspapers. They also provide a 16 inch HD touch screen with a wide variety of entertainment loaded on the system for you to enjoy.

Baggage Allowance

You have 23kg baggage allowance in economy class. Passengers who are members of the SWISS Golf Traveller can check in 1 golf bag with a maximum weight of 23kg free of charge. The sporting equipment that you are wanting to fly with you can be registered online up to 4 days before your departure date. If you are flying to Canada with Edelweiss for a fishing trip and your rods are packed in a plastic tube then they will fly your rods for free!

Call Centre in Cape Town

Edelweiss loves Cape Town in more ways than just flying there. In April 2013 Edelweiss copied its parent company by moving its call centre from Zurich to Cape Town.


Edelweiss launched seasonal flights from Cape Town to Zurich in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and now for the 2015/2016 summer as well.


The Edelweiss flights can also be booked through Swiss International Airlines, with whom Edelweiss has a codeshare.


There are no competitors for direct flights, a great position for Edelweiss to be in. Other airlines flying Cape Town to Zurich 1-stop are Emirates (via Dubai and often cheapest), Condor (another seasonal visitor to Cape Town, flying via Frankfurt), Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul), British Airways (via London), Virgin Atlantic (via London) and Qatar Airways (via Doha).

There are also options to fly:

  • with South African Airways via Johannesburg, but the JNB-ZRH leg is with Swiss Airlines, the parent company of Edelweiss, so not really competition.

  • with Lufthansa via Munich, but Edelweiss is owned by Swiss who is owned by Lufthansa, so not really competition.

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