New routes and frequency possibilities and why these routes would work
Other major reasons to serve this airport
- Large and well-developed catchment area
Zurich’s catchment area is home to a population of 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. Zurich city centre is just a ten-minute train ride from the airport, while Lucerne can be reached in 60 minutes and Basel or Berne in 75 minutes. The Swiss Alps are practically on the doorstep, with the nearest ski slopes just 60 minutes from the airport and even Zermatt is only 3.5 hours by train.
- High premium traffic potential
A sustainably evolving economy, favourable taxation as well as business and innovation-friendly regulations provide a strong base for Zurich as one of the world’s largest financial centres. Zurich Airport lies in the middle of Switzerland’s economic powerhouse. Around 150,000 companies, producing more than 50% of Switzerland’s GDP, are within one driving hour. Foreign trade plays a major role in Switzerland’s economy and generates strong business travel demand, 26% of the traffic is business related.
- High yields
Above-average salaries and comparatively low taxes result in high purchasing power, which results in higher achievable ticket prices. The high proportion of wealthy residents and a large number of companies with international activities ensure strong demand for premium travel, resulting in better overall yields. In fact, premium cabin shares on intercontinental flights from Zurich are among the highest throughout Europe.
- High travel demand
Zurich Airport is a bustling international airport that served 31.5 million passengers in 2019, 70.7% of whom were local passengers. While incoming demand is supported by Switzerland’s wide range of attractions, outgoing demand is driven by a very high propensity to travel. In fact, in 2019, the Swiss population took an average of 2.9 trips per year with at least one overnight stay.
- Powerful hub with strong connectivity in the heart of Europe
Zurich Airport’s location in the heart of Europe makes it the ideal transfer point for global and regional air travel. It is an active traffic hub handling more than 754 flights per day to a total of 203 destinations in 69 countries. Thanks to its efficient infrastructure and short passenger distances, connection times as short as 40 minutes can be ensured. In addition, Zurich Airport with its own station is the best-connected point in Switzerland, offering 448 rail, 798 bus and 404 tram departures per day, which makes Zurich Airport a true intermodal hub.
The recently opened Circle blends nicely in to Zurich Airports state-of-the-art architecture and sets a new benchmark as an attractive working location. In addition to office spaces, several restaurants and two Hyatt hotels, including a large convention center, the new airport city offers a versatile business infrastructure and plenty of room for creativity
Further information: https://www.zurich-airport.com/the-company/investor-relations-en
Marketing and other support
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
Very stable economy
There are over 601,000 commercial companies in Switzerland. Over 99% of them are SMEs, creating two thirds of the country’s 3.1 million jobs. At around 2,6% (Dec 2021) , 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.
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.
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.
Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors
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 around 393,062 t (+35% 2020, -13% 2019) of cargo annually, equalling more than 1,000 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
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 754 flights and over 1,000 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: 953 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
As one of the most modern airports in Europe we provide a comprehensive range of services, both specifically for passengers as well as for all visitors.
Find out more: https://www.flughafen-zuerich.ch/en/passengers/experience/experiences/all-experiences
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 448 rail and 798 bus connections, Zurich Airport is the best-connected transport hubs in Switzerland.
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.
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.
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.
Facts and Figures Zurich Airport (2019):
- 31.5 million passengers and 275,329 flights in 2019
- Important European hub with 29,3% connecting traffic
- Ideal gateway to Europe with efficient connections to 69 countries
- One of the largest European cargo airports with an annual capacity of 700.000 tonnes
- Diversified handling services
- Competitive airport charge structure
- Awards – Flughafen Zuerich (flughafen-zuerich.ch)
Where to meet us:
- Routes Europe, May 2022
- Routes Asia, June 2022
- IATA Slot Conferences, Seattle 2022
- Routes World, October 2022
- IATA Slot Conferences, 2022