10 OCTOBER 2011
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The Jungfraujoch at Interlaken, Europe’s highest railway station, was the finishing point of a unique race, reminiscent of times gone by, which coincided with the opening of the ERAA conference (see last week’s AERBT).
SkyWork Airlines of Switzerland (perhaps with some local knowledge?) clocked the fastest time in a race involving six competitors from the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce (BSCC) and six different routings from London to the point known as ‘The Top of Europe’. Philip Worley, Strategy Manager from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), reached the top of Jungfrau, in a speedy 303 minutes from his starting point at London City Airport flying direct to Bern – arriving 40 minutes ahead of his closest contender.
Five other competitors entered the race from London to the top of Jungfraujoch on different routings including: British Midland Airways/Swiss Air Lines from Heathrow to Basle, easyJet from Gatwick to Geneva, easyJet from Luton to Geneva, Swiss Air Lines from Heathrow to Zurich and Swiss Air Lines from London City to Zurich. Finish times ranged from the winning 303 minutes to 494 minutes, with one competitor flying from Heathrow to Zurich dogged with ‘baggage issues,’ sadly unable to reach Jungfraujoch at all. www.flyskywork.com
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