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Swiss International Air Lines, simply called Swiss, is the flag carrier of Switzerland. Founded in 2002 after the bankruptcy of Swissair, the airline operates scheduled flights to North and South America, Africa and Asia, and also in Europe. 67 airplanes serve more than 100 destinations in 48 countries, including Israel.

From Ben Gurion Airport you can catch one of the two daily flights to Zurich and continue from there to many destinations in Europe or the Americas. Swiss is owned by the Lufthansa group, a member of the Star Alliance and part of the Miles&more frequent flyer plan.

Information correct as of March 2017

Why Fly With Swiss

How to Check-in

You can check yourself in starting 23 hours before the flight on your computer, tablet or smartphone, online on or use Swiss’ app. During the check-in process, you will be able to choose your seat and have your boarding pass sent to you or print it out. On some destination, you can sign up for automated check-in service, if you are flying with hand baggage only. You can also go to the check-in counters. At Ben Gurion Airport they open three hours prior to your flight until two hours before. There are no self-check-in kiosks, but you can use a mobile boarding pass on flights departing from Tel Aviv. If there is any problem, you can always go to the offices located in Terminal 3 level 4.

Baggage Allowances and Fees

Economy passengers may bring one carry-on item, Business travelers can board with two items, and if you fly First, your allowance is three items. Your carry-on baggage cannot be larger than 55x40x23 cm including wheels and handles, and the maximum weight is 8 kg per item. If you are flying in Economy class, you can check-in one piece of luggage weighing up to 23 kg. Business travelers have an allowance of two bags up to 32 kg, and First Class tickets holders have a third item of up to 32 kg included. All checked bags in all classes and fares may not be larger than 158 cm (height+length+width). If your bag is bigger than these dimensions, it will incur a fee of $300 on departures from Israel and CHF 240 on departures from Switzerland. If you fly Economy and your bag is heavier than 23 kg, you will have a charge of $150 from Tel Aviv, and CHF 120 on departures from Zurich. If your flight is a codeshare with a partner airline, fees for excess baggage may differ.


Your seat will be assigned to you when you check yourself in. However, you can reserve a seat in advance up to 48 hours before your flight for a fee. So if you want your favorite window seat, or if you are more of an isle person, you can pre-book it for CHF 29. A seat in the preferred zone costs CHF 49. A seat with an extra legroom costs CHF 99. Members of the frequent flyer program may be eligible for discounts and sometimes for a free seat reservation, depending on your fare and level of membership. Business Class travelers will enjoy seats which open to a 2-meter bed for a maximum comfort on your flight.

Booking Fees

There are no booking fees when you book your flight with Swiss online. You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Diners or Amex with no extra credit card charges. Not sure about your booking? You can save your ticket with the same price and condition for 72 hours, for a $27 fee.

Service on Board

On all flights from Ben Gurion Airport, there is a meal service. There are meals for meat-lovers, and there is always a vegetarian alternative. On most flights, Swiss serves popular Swiss cheeses, such as Gruyere, Appenzeller or Tête de Moine. You can book a special meal for your health needs, religious belief or personal taste up to 24 hours prior to your flight. Business passengers will get a welcome drink on board, followed by an award-winning cuisine as a light Quick Meal or in several courses, accompanied by fine wines. There is also a selection of snacks and ice creams. If you want to surprise someone on the flight, you can buy a gift starting at CHF 29. If you are bored or can’t sleep, use the in-flight system which includes films, music, TV shows and games. After reaching an altitude of 10,000, you can purchase a data package. The price for 20 MB is CHF 9, 50 MB cost CHF 19, and for 120 MB you will pay CHF 39.

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