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Helvetic Airways is a Swiss regional airline based at Zurich Airport (ZRH) and serves 34 destinations worldwide including Europe and Northern Africa as well as scheduled flights on behalf of Swiss International Airlines and Lufthansa. Destinations included Bordeaux, Calvi, Larnaca, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife, Corfu, Heraklion, Kos, Rhodes, Shannon, Brindisi, Lamezia, Olbia, Pristina, Skopje, Ohrid, Bern, Zurich, Birmingham, Manchester and Inverness. Helvetic Airways was established in the autumn of 2003, as a rebranding and extension of the existing airline Odette Airways, to initially serve destinations in South-Eastern Europe and was Switzerland's first budget carrier. Helvetic Airways was established in the autumn of 2003, as a rebranding and extension of the existing airline Odette Airways, to serve destinations in South-Eastern Europe. The airline was Switzerland's first budget carrier currently has a fleet of 14 aircraft ranging all from Embraer that can in total carry 1,552 passengers at one time and has 4 more on order.

Since 2006 it has had a new management team who have changed the focus of the airline, dropping business routes (like London) and concentrating on holiday destinations not offered by competing airlines from its home base at Zurich. Recently Swiss aviation has been in a recovery phase following the shock demise of its grand dame Swiss Air. Helvetic - with its distinctive pink paintwork - is a good value option for flights to holiday destinations from Zurich.

The airline since March 2016, there was a wet-lease contract with Lufthansa for the Zurich and Munich route.

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Looking for flights to Switzerland? Helvetic Airways operates scheduled passenger flights to Switzerland.


As of June 2021, the airline has scheduled flights to 11 destinations within Europe. Popular destinations include Kuusamo, Zurich, Calvi, Palma de Mallorca, Olbia and others.

If you're looking to fly within Europe, our guide to flights within Europe offers lots of helpful information, including an airline guide and FAQs.

Domestic Destinations

Bern BRN Bern Airport (Hub)
Sion SIR Sion Airport
Zurich ZRH Zurich Airport (Hub)

International Destinations

Finland Kuusamo KOA Kuusamo Airport
France Calvi CLY Calvi – Sainte-Catherine Airport
Germany Rostock RLG Rostock Airport-Rostock-Laage
Ireland Limerick SNN Shannon Airport
Italy Olbia OLB Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport
Spain Jerez de la Frontera XRY Jerez Airport
Spain Palma de Mallorca PMI Palma de Mallorca Airport

Baggage Allowance

Carry-on Baggage

Helvetic Airways passengers have a carry-on bag allowance of 1 bag, weighing up to 5 kg.

Checked Baggage

Helvetic Airways passengers have a checked-in bag allowance of a maximum weight of 23 kg.

Class Fares

All of the airline’s planes offer both Economy Class and Business Class seating.

Economy Class

All of the airline’s planes offer both Economy Class and Business Class seating.

Economy Class Facilities

A high-quality snack or meal (depending on the time of day & flight) is offered to passengers on all routes.

Indulge in a unique duty-free experience; you can find the Fly&Buy duty-free catalogue on board!

On most routes, Economy Class passengers can, for a fee, pre-reserve seats up to 24 hours prior to departure.

Economy Class Seating

Comfortable seats with lots of legroom. Seats are upholstered in neutral beige leather with good-size fold-out tray tables. Seats are set out in either a 2 x 2 or 2 x 3 formation.

Business Class

The business class is entitled Viva, offering travellers extra luxury when flying.

Business Class Facilities

As well as enjoying flexibility with regards to fare conditions (semi-flex and full-flex), business travellers can also benefit from: free baggage allowance increased to 30 kg, plus two pieces of hand luggage; access to business class lounges; priority check-in desk; and the provision of onboard meals according to flight time.

Business Class Seating

Seats are set out in a 1 x 1 formation, are made from leather and have a pitch of 33 inches.


As of June 2021, the airline operates a fleet of 14 with 4 more aircraft on order:

  • 6 x Embraer 190 (112 passengers per aircraft)
  • 8 x Embraer 190-E2 (110 passengers per aircraft)

Frequent Flyer Program

The airline does not currently offer a frequent flyer program.

Airline Alliance

The airline is not currently part of an airline alliance program.

Hub Airport

Zurich Airport (ZRH)

Zurich Airport (ZRH) is a public airport in Zurich, Switzerland. The airport has three runways and can serve over 31 million passengers each year. The airport is located 13 km north of central Zurich in the municipalities of Kloten, Winkel, Opfikon, Rümlang, and Oberglatt all of which are within the canton of Zürich.

The airport has over 30 airlines that fly to and from Zurich Airport (ZRH) including Edelweiss Air, Swiss Airlines, and Chair Airlines.

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