Swiss Bans Cheap TWA Flights to United States
BERN, Switzerland (AP) _ The Swiss government on Monday forbade TWA to offer cheap round-trip flights to the United States.
The $430 fare violates a U.S.-Swiss air travel agreement, said Peter Furer, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau for Civil Aviation.
Jean Duband, head of TWA’s office in Zurich, said the offer would be withdrawn in Switzerland, but would continue elsewhere in Europe.
TWA has also had to withdraw similar offers in France and Italy.
″This is the beginning of fare deregulation, which will finally get to Europe one day,″ said Duband.
The airline began offering the special fare three weeks ago, and said it was valid until the end of March. It didn’t require advance reservations or a minimum stay.
Furer said TWA never asked permission to offer the fare.