I am currently tracking airfare prices for our trip next summer. Depart from somewhere in or close to Vermont (Burlington, Montreal, Boston, Hartford) on June 25 to Zurich, return on July 6 from Venice. I'm going to jump on a fare that I like if/when prices shift, so trying to gather data now on which ones are reasonable so I can be ready to buy.
One of my options is to depart out of Montreal and fly direct to Zurich on Swiss Air. Then return Venice to Montreal through Zurich with a one hour connection, also on Swiss.
For the same price, I can have us on the same flight to Zurich, but return VCE-Frankfurt-Montreal with a 2 hour connection on Lufthansa (whole itinerary booked open jaw through Swiss). This second option leaves VCE earlier and arrives Montreal later, so that's the downside.
For some airports, I'd say "no problem" to a one hour connection. Others, I'd say "no way." I don't know Zurich airport very well; only traveled through there years ago for one trip (Boston-Zurich-Madrid, return Malaga-Zurich-Boston, all on Swiss), and my impression is it was a lot of walking. We travel carry-on luggage only, but we do have my special needs son, who we push in a stroller. We can walk fast, but elevators, checkpoints, boarding, etc., are all slower than normal for us.
I get that the airline has to get us home if we miss the connection, and, after being a frequent flier in a past life, I totally get that things happen while flying that are out of your control. I'm just looking for a gut check from those of you who are familiar with Zurich airport: is a one hour connection "no problem" or "no way would I even try it?"