In the middle of August, I want to fly from Zurich to Vancouver. Therefore I used various flight search engines to see what flights are available. I couldn't find a direct flight that is cheaper than approximately 5300 US dollars. Is this really true? I can't really believe that.
Long story short, yes, you can get cheaper. The price is compounded by several issues:
- you're booking with not that much notice, in summer (peak season)
- you're booking close to the Olympics, where 500,000 people are suddenly arriving and departing London, many of whom will also travel around Europe or North America afterwards, depending on where they're from.
- You're specifying direct. Very few airlines have direct flights from Zurich to Vancouver.
However, for example with this search on Kayak you can certainly get less than that - a direct flight return for around USD$1600 with Swiss. Change that to one or two stop and you can knock 25% off that price, if you're prepared for a couple of airport switches - eg with British Airways you'll get there with just one stop in London.