Photo courtesy of Edelweiss

Photo courtesy of Edelweiss

Switzerland-based commercial airline Edelweiss will begin offering direct seasonal service between Zurich and San Diego in June 2017, the carrier and San Diego airport officials announced.

Officials said an Airbus 340-300 with 314 seats will fly twice a week – on Mondays and Fridays through November -- between Zurich and San Diego International Airport starting June 9, 2017, with schedule and other information at flyedelweiss.com.

“California is very popular among Swiss tourists,” says Bernd Bauer, CEO of Edelweiss, in a statement. “Swiss travelers like to stay longer and spend more money during their time on vacation than visitors from other countries.”

Bauer said the new flights will bring approximately 15,000 visitors to San Diego annually, creating an economic impact of approximately $50 million.

Thella Bowens, president and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, which oversees the airport, said the new service to Switzerland will bring to six the number of countries directly accessible by air for San Diego travelers.

News of the new Zurich service follows closely behind German carrier Condor Airlines’ recent announcement that it will begin offering seasonal direct service between San Diego and Frankfurt in May 2017. That service will run three times weekly through September.

Founded in 2008 and based at the Zurich airport, Edelweiss is part of German-based Lufthansa Group and a sister company to Swiss International Air Lines. Edelweiss carries more than 1.3 million passengers annually to 40 global destinations.