Crossair Europe

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Crossair Europe
IATA ICAO Callsign
QE ECC Cigogne
Commenced operations1998
Ceased operations2005
Operating basesEuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
HeadquartersSaint-Louis, France

Crossair Europe (European Continental Airways) was an airline headquartered on the grounds of EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg in Saint-Louis, Haut Rhin, France, near Basel, Switzerland.[1] It operated scheduled services to destinations in Italy and France. Its main base was EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.

The airline ceased operations in 2005.

Code data[edit]

  • IATA Code: QE
  • ICAO Code: ECC
  • Callsign: Cigogne


The airline was established in 1997 and started operations on 29 March 1998. It was launched by Crossair in the Alsace region of France under French law to take advantage of airline liberalisation in the EU. Operations began as an independent company under the trade name Crossair Europe.

Crossair Europe was a subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines operating two Saab 2000s (decade) on their behalf. In March 2005 it was announced that Crossair Europe would be closed by the end of the month.[2] The routes operated by Crossair Europe were taken over by Swiss International Air Lines, as the Crossair Europe subsidiary ceased operations at the end of March 2005.[3]


The Crossair Europe fleet consisted of 2 Saab 2000 aircraft (at January 2005). It had formerly operated three Saab 340Bs.


  1. ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. March 23–29, 2004. 58.
  2. ^ CH-Aviation 26 March 2005
  3. ^ Swiss Press Release 18 March 2005