Air Transport World

Hubbing for home.

With record profits, Crossair has branded and expanded at its home base the only European hub dedicated to European traffic

BASEL-While the significance of airports such as Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris Charles de Gaulle, London Heathrow and Frankfurt Main is undisputed, their hub operadons are predicated primarily on siphoning traffic to and from intercontinental markets.

Lacking has been a European hub dedicated solely to European destinations-including important second-tier cities- devoid of inflated long-haul feeder ambitions. That changed on March 29, when Swiss Regional Crossair launched Euro-Cross at an airport with an unwieldy name, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freihurg, hut a lot of potential. Situated on the border between Switzerland, Germany and France, the airport serves a prosperous trinational population of several million. Sixteen scheduled carriers operate at EuroAirport, with 700 weekly departures.

Crossair had the vision to establish the huh operation there to buttress its own point-to-point traffic-340 city-pairs in the summer, 1998 schedule, up from 225 in the winter season, and primed to expand to 420 in fall/winter 1998-99. For an innovative, progressive airline such as Crossair, development of EuroCross was in character.

Led by Moritz Suter, its dynamic cofounder in the late 1970s and today's president/CEO, Crossair has soared steadily to become Europe's largest consistently successful short/medium-haul airline, serving 68 cities in 24 countries with 2,500 flights a week, carrying more than 4 million passengers a year. …

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