Zurich Airport (ZRH/LSZH)


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Zurich offers a large catchment area in the centre of Europe. With the strong presence of international companies, the Greater Zurich Area is Switzerland's economic and financial centre with high demand for travel - both corporate and leisure.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

Zurich hosts a variety of major, annual events including the famous Zurich Street Parade, which takes place every August. A number of music, sports and business conference events also take place on a regular basis at the city’s multifunctional Hallenstadion.

  • Important European hub with 34.2% connecting traffic
  • Ideal gateway to Europe; efficient connections by air, train and bus
  • One of the largest European cargo airports with an annual capacity of 700,000 tons
  • High-efficiency airport management
  • Diversified handling services
  • Competitive airport fee structure

Marketing and other support

A dedicated Aviation Marketing Team is in place at Zurich Airport to assist airlines in launching and promoting new services.

Our marketing support includes:

  • Organisation of first flight / jubilee events for passengers, press, travel trade, etc.
  • Support in the organisation of workshops, press conferences, press and fam trips
  • Airport / aircraft tours for travel agents, tour operators and press
  • On-site advertising and promotions
  • Support in the organisation of local/national advertising campaigns
  • Establishing contacts to the distribution channels
  • Integration of aviation news in the Zurich Airport newsletter
  • Various other services and activities

Market Facts

Zurich's catchment area is home to a population of around 12 million people within a radius of two hours by car. The catchment area reaches well into neighbouring parts of Germany, Austria and even France, with the German border being only 20 kilometres from the airport terminal. 30 of the largest 100 companies in Switzerland are within 30 kilometres of Zurich, 60 within 50 kilometres and 85 within 100 kilometres.

Very stable economy

There are over 300,000 companies in Switzerland, 99 % of which are small to medium-sized, employing 63 % of the nation’s total workforce of 4.6 million. At around 3 %, Switzerland’s stable unemployment rate is among the world’s lowest. It is home to many of the world’s leading companies, including Nestlé, the Metro Group, Glencore International, Novartis International, the Roche Group, ABB, Adecco and many more. The Greater Zurich Area has a vibrant employment market, with around 300,000 foreign nationals, comprising over 23 % of its total work force.

Catchment Area

Zurich’s catchment area is home to a population of around 12 million people within a radius of two hours by car. It reaches well into neighbouring parts of Germany, Austria and even France, with the German border just 20 kilometres from the airport terminal. 30 of the largest 100 companies in Switzerland are within 30 kilometres of Zurich Airport, while 60 are within 50 kilometres and 85 within 100 kilometres. Downtown Zurich is just a ten-minute train ride from the airport, while St. Gallen can be reached in 50 minutes, Lucerne within 60 minutes and Basle or Berne within 75 minutes with direct rail connections. The Swiss Alps are at Zurich’s doorstep, with ski slopes just 60 minutes away and even Zermatt is within easy reach.

Passenger Profile

The combination of a high purchasing power of the population with the presence of global and export oriented companies with a high travel intensity makes the airport’s surroundingsn a strong catchment area.

Zurich Airport catchment graphic

Zurich Airport catchment graphic

 

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Zurich Airport’s 100,000sqm of dedicated cargo space, along with its capacity to handle as much as 700,000 tons of freight per year, positions it as one of the most comprehensive cargo hubs in the whole of Europe.

The cargo infrastructure at Zurich Airport is concentrated at a single site close to the aircraft parking stands. Acceptance, delivery and transfer times are kept to a minimum at this “short-distance” airport. Our extensive range of handling facilities and services enables us to provide the appropriate handling for all types of cargo. A fully automated cargo terminal is equipped with a ULD stacking system and a warehouse for consignments. Up to 700,000 t can be handled professionally and efficiently by well-qualified staff on two levels spread over 33,000 m2. A fully automated mail center serves as a primary gateway for printed matter, letters and parcels into Switzerland. Zurich Airport has many years of experience in the coordination of cargo charter flights. All equipment needed for cargo operation can be provided at short notice if required. Zurich Airport forwards more than 400,000 t of cargo annually, equaling more than 2,000 t daily. With its central location and Switzerland’s dense road network, Zurich Airport makes an ideal cargo portal for road feeder service to and from anywhere in Europe, particularly for special commodities such as pharmaceutical products, chemicals and luxury goods.

  • 100,000sqm of cargo operation space
  • 700,000 tons per year cargo handling capacity
  • Cargo infrastructure is concentrated at a single site close to the aircraft parking stands
  • Fully automated cargo terminal equipped with ULD stacking system and a warehouse for consignments.
  • Cargo handling currently provided by following handling agents:
    • Cargologic Ltd
    • Dnata Switzerland
    • Swissport Cargo service

Geography

  • As one of the world’s most significant financial centres, Zurich has a world class infrastructure and a well educated and multi-lingual workforce – making for an ideal business location.
  • Zurich Airport’s location extends its catchment as far afield as France, Germany and Austria.
  • Mercer’s Quality of Living survey ranked Zurich as one of the world’s top two over the last eleven years.

Zurich Airport’s unique location in the heart of Europe makes it the ideal transfer point for global travel. It is an active traffic hub handling around 740 flights and over 1,100 tonnes of cargo daily.

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Airport location: 47º 27’ 30” N, 08º 32’ 53” E
  • Elevation: 422m (at the airport reference point)
  • Total area: 880 hectares
  • Runway 16/34: 3,700 x 60m
  • Runway 14/32: 3,300 x 60m
  • Runway 10/28: 2,500 x 60m
  • Apron area: 785,000sqm
  • Runway capacity: 66 flight movements per hour
  • Aircraft capacity: 100 aircraft
  • Operating hours: 06.00-23.00
  • Minimum connect time: 40 minutes for all flights

Ground Connectivity

No location in Switzerland is as well connected as Zurich Airport, with public transportation providing around 1,000 daily connections to and from the airport. With 380 rail and 900 bus connections, Zurich Airport is the best-connected transport hubs in Switzerland.

Public Transport

Zurich’s main railway station is accessible within ten minutes. Trains between Zurich Airport and Zurich main station run every ten minutes. There are regular direct intercity and interregional rail connections to all the main towns in Switzerland and neighboring countries. Zurich Airport is also well connected to the region and parts of the Greater Zurich Area by the Glatt Valley Railway, which stops right in front of the airport’s bus terminal.

Private Transport

Motorway junctions are situated within 6 km (~3,7 miles) of the airport, which also features its own motorway exit, providing efficient, direct access to Zurich Airport.

News

Image Movie Zurich Airport

Our new film presents Zurich Airport as an important traffic hub, a meeting place and as the gateway to the world – or at least the Alps! The topics of modern infrastructure, short passenger distances, an attractive and varied array of services and the daily commitment of the airport’s competent, helpful employees are also covered. The film portrays the diversity and particular advantages of Zurich Airport and is aimed at the national and international travel industries as well as airlines and airport partners. It can be shown at trade fairs, events and presentations.

http://www.zurich-airport.com/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-905

Vital statistics

Zurich Airport achieved a new all-time record with 24.8 million passengers departing, arriving or changing planes at Zurich Airport in 2012.

The total number of passengers rose by 1.9%. O&D or local passengers (originating or departing from Zurich) increased by 1.6%, transfer passengers by 2.5%.

The average seat load factor decreased by 1.6 percentage points to 74.4%. The average number of passengers per flight rose from 102 to 106.

  • 24.8 million passengers and 270,000 movements annually
  • Important European hub with 34.2% connecting traffic
  • Ideal gateway to Europe; efficient connections by air, train and bus
  • One of the largest European cargo airports with an annual capacity of 700,000 tons
  • High-efficiency airport management
  • Diversified handling services
  • Competitive airport fee structure
  • Ranked as “Best Airport in Europe” by World Travel Award in 2013 and “Best Airport” in the “20-30 million passengers” category by World Airport Award (Skytrax), as well as “Best Airport Staff Europe” and “Baggage Delivery” in 2013.

Where to meet us:

  • World Routes, 5-8 October 2013
  • IATA 133rd Schedules Conference, 14-17 November 2013

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