Moov Airways is a new airline, and in the early stages of startup. The airline has ambitious long-term aims, however there is no established timeline for when the carrier hopes to take to the skies. In the meantime, you can take a look at our list of alternative airlines below.
Moov Airways is a startup airline, set to operate long-haul flights out of Basel airport in Switzerland. Moov Airways will operate as a low-cost carrier, and has ambitious targets to operate direct, non-stop services to North American destinations from its main hub in Basel, as well as bases in other European destinations.
Moov Airways is the rebranded name of Swiss Skies, which was initially launched in 2018. However, after a year, in 2018 the startup was permanently stalled after failing to generate enough investment. What changed for Swiss Skies was the Coronavirus outbreak, enabling the airline to take advantage of the unforeseen availability of routes, airport slots, staff, and all other aspects of supply and distribution.
A revised launch date for Moov Airways has not been specified, and more information, including the onboard experience and ticket fares, has yet to be announced.
The airline hopes to operate long-haul flights to eastern areas of the United States (including New York), as well as Canada, South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and, possibly, India. Moov Airways will operate flights from its primary base at Basel, as well as from other European destinations.
The airline has yet to make a statement regarding what the baggage allowance will be for passengers.
Details about what the baggage allowance will be for passengers has yet to be announced.
It is not yet known whether online check-in is available.
In most instances it is recommended that passengers arrive as early as possible, in most instances, about 2 hours before scheduled departure.
The airline has yet to make an announcement regarding the onboard experience and what cabin classes (Economy, Premium, or Business) will be available.
The company is said to be targeting the Airbus 321 LXR (an extra-long range aircraft) as its long-term aircraft of choice. The Airbus 321 LXR should be available in 2023.
The airline will be based at EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (IATA: MLH), an international airport located about 2.2 miles northwest of the city of Basel, in Switzerland. The airport serves as a base for easyJet Switzerland, and mostly provides flights to European cities and leisure destinations. Other international airlines to operate flights to the airport include: Brussels Airlines, Air France Hop, Lufthansa, KLM, Iberia, Turkish Airlines, Vueling, and Wizz Air.
Moov Airways has yet to take to the skies. In the meantime, the following airlines operate international flights to Switzerland:
18th January 2020
Moov Airways has recently announced a new ambition: to take over the running of Lugano airport in Switzerland. The airline is currently competing with six other consortiums to manage the airport, which has previously struggled to compete with Milan and Zurich for passengers.
24th December 2020
Swiss Skies has rebranded itself as Moov Airways, and believes that the COVID-19 pandemic could help it finally get into the air. The airline initially launched in 2018, but a year later its plans were permanently stalled. However, Moov founder and CEO, Alvaro Oliveira, believes that the pandemic “creates an opportunity for new entrants”, and hopes that, with the rebrand, the airline will finally be able to commence operations.