December 5, 2023

Swiss Worldwide Air Traces reportedly left all the bags behind for a flight because it carried passengers from Switzerland to a different nation in Europe over the weekend.

The baggage of 111 passengers remained in Zurich after “operational causes” prompted Swiss Worldwide Air Traces to make the decision for the bag-free airplane to take off and make its method to Bilbao in Spain, AFP reported Sunday, citing an organization spokesperson. The airline reportedly had a Bilbao-to-Zurich flight scheduled afterwards that it wanted to fly to Zurich whereas that airport was nonetheless accepting planes that night. 

FOX Enterprise reached out to Swiss Worldwide Air Traces for remark.

Business planes of Swiss Worldwide Air Traces and Edelweiss Air are seen parked at Zurich Airport on July 15, 2021. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP through Getty Photos / Getty Photos)

The airline spokesperson defined to AFP that the flight leaving with out luggage stemmed from a “scarcity of floor employees.” It did so after delaying the flight for over an hour as an try to offer the bags state of affairs extra time, in keeping with the report. 

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“We perceive the state of affairs isn’t beneficial for the individuals concerned and naturally remorse the inconvenience,” the outlet quoted the Swiss Worldwide Air Traces spokesperson as saying.

The flight run by Swiss Worldwide Air Traces for Edelweiss Air reportedly occurred Saturday. 

Swiss International Air Lines logo

The Swiss Worldwide Air Traces brand is displayed on a smartphone display. (Rafael Henrique/SOPA Photos/LightRocket through Getty Photos / Getty Photos)

The spokesperson stated Swiss Worldwide Air Traces was “nonetheless analysing the state of affairs to search out out what occurred precisely and the way we are able to enhance,” in keeping with AFP.

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Swiss outlet Blick stated the passengers didn’t obtain notification that their luggage had not traveled with them to Spain till after they’d spent over two hours at baggage declare in Bilbao, in keeping with AFP. The airline reportedly began bringing the bags to Spain on later flights.

Swiss International Air Lines plane in air

An Airbus A320-200, of the Swiss Worldwide Air Traces firm, prepares to land in Barcelona, Spain, on Aug. 6, 2021.  (Urbanandsport/NurPhoto through Getty Photos / Getty Photos)

In late August, the airline reported it had transported over 7.5 million passengers on some 61,000 flights over the primary half of the yr. That determine for passengers rose 41% in comparison with the identical six-month timeframe in 2022, in keeping with the corporate.

Swiss Worldwide Air Traces belongs to Lufthansa, its web site said.

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