|IATA: ZRH – ICAO: LSZH|
|Owner||Flughafen Zürich AG|
|Location||Kloten, Rümlang, Oberglatt, Winkel and Opfikon|
|Elevation AMSL||1,416 ft / 432 m|
|Source: List of the busiest airports in Europe|
Zurich Airport (German: Flughafen Zürich, IATA: ZRH, ICAO: LSZH), also known as Zurich Kloten Airport, is the largest international airport of Switzerland and the principal hub of Swiss International Air Lines. It serves Zürich, Switzerland's largest city, and, with its surface transport links, much of the rest of the country. The airport is located 13 kilometres (8 mi) north of central Zürich, in the municipalities of Kloten, Rümlang, Oberglatt, Winkel and Opfikon, all of which are within the canton of Zürich.
The airport is owned by Flughafen Zürich AG, a company quoted on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Major shareholders include the canton of Zürich, with 33.33% plus one of the shares, and the city of Zürich, with 5% of the shares. No other shareholder has a holding exceeding 3%. Skyguide is responsible for all Air Traffic Control for Zürich.
The first flight abroad from Switzerland was on July 21, 1921, but the search for a location for a major airport wasn’t started until 1943 inside the Canton of Zürich. The site in Zürich was chosen in 1945 by the federal government and sold 655 hectares of Kloten Ordnance Depot to the Canton of Zürich. Thus the Canton of Zürich had control of the airport. The construction of the airport began the next year.
The first flights off the west runway were not until 1948. The new terminal opened in 1953 with a large air show that ran for three days. In 1947 the airport handled 133638 passengers on 12766 airline flights; in 1952, 372832 passengers on 24728 airline flights.
The first expansion of the airport was submitted in 1956, but the budget for the expansion was not approved by the Swiss Government until 1958 and the expansion was completed in 1961.
The airport was again submitted and approved for renovation in 1970, and Terminal B was completed in 1971. The first signs of noise mitigation for the airport were in 1972, when a night-time curfew was enacted, as well as in 1974 when new approach routes were introduced. Runway 14/32 was opened in 1976, and 16/34 began renovation.
The noise of aircraft became an issue and a noise charge was instituted in 1980, and in 1984, an agreement was made regarding arrivals and departures to the airport via German airspace. The next largest event for the airport was in 1999, when the Parliament of the Canton of Zürich approved privatization of Zurich Airport. It was not until 2000, that Flughafen Zürich AG, trading under the brand Unique was appointed as the new airport operator. The brand Unique was dropped in favour of Zurich Airport and Flughafen Zürich in 2010.
A treaty was signed in 2001, regarding the limitation of flights over Germany. Negotiations have been under way since 2003 about the procedures and noise pollution over Germany and Switzerland.
In 2003, Zurich Airport completed a major expansion project in which it built a new parking garage, a new midfield terminal, and an automated People mover to link the midfield terminal to the main terminal. In November 2008, a complete renovation and rebuild of the old terminal B structure was announced. The new terminal B opened in November 2011, and provides segregated access to and from aircraft for Schengen and non-Schengen passengers. Zurich Airport handled 24.8 million passengers in 2012.
The airport has three airside piers, which are known as terminals A, B and E. A central air-side building, built in 2003, is directly linked to terminals A and B, which take the form of finger piers.
Alongside the central air-side building, the ground-side terminal complex comprises several buildings, and includes airline check-in areas, a shopping mall, a railway station, car parks, and a bus and tram terminal. All departing passengers access the same departure level of the central air-side building, which includes duty-free shopping and various bars and restaurants, via airport security. They are then segregated between passengers for Schengen and non-Schengen destinations on the way to the gate lounges, with the latter first passing through emigration controls. Arriving Schengen and non-Schengen passengers are handled in separate areas of the central airside building and reach the ground-side terminal complex by different routes, with non-Schengen passengers first passing through immigration controls.
Terminal A opened in 1972, and it is used exclusively by domestic flights and flights to destinations inside the Schengen Area.
Terminal B opened in 1971, and is designed to handle both Schengen and some non-Schengen flights, but keeping the two sets of passenger flows separately. In November 2008, a complete renovation and rebuild of the old terminal B structure was announced. The new terminal B opened in November 2011 after three years of construction.
Terminal E/C, also known as the midfield terminal or Dock E, is located on the opposite side of runway 10-28 from the main airside terminal, and is situated between runways 16/34 and 14/32. It is entirely used by non-Schengen international flights and became operational and was opened on September 1, 2003. It connected to the main central air-side building by an automated People mover under the runway known as Skymetro.
Zurich Airport has three runways: 16/34 of 3,700 m (12,100 ft) in length, 14/32 of 3,300 m (10,800 ft) in length, and 10/28 of 2,500 m (8,200 ft) in length. For most of the day and in most conditions, runway 14 is used for landings and runways 16 and 28 are used for takeoffs, although different patterns are used early morning and in the evenings.
Airlines and destinations
|Turkish Airlines Cargo||Algiers, Istanbul-Ataturk, Tripoli-Mitiga|
|1||London (Heathrow, Gatwick, City, Luton)||1,675,000||Swiss, British Airways, easyJet|
|2||Vienna||921,000||Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Niki|
|3||Berlin||904,000||Swiss, Air Berlin|
|4||Paris||759,000||Swiss, Air France|
|5||Düsseldorf||700,000||Swiss, Air Berlin, Lufthansa|
|7||New York (Newark Airport, JFK Airport)||662,000||Swiss, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines|
|9||Hamburg||694,000||Swiss, Air Berlin, Lufthansa|
|Updated: 5 October 2013|
Swiss International Air Lines has an office on the property of Zurich Airport and in Kloten, consisting of the Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie buildings. Swiss World Cargo has its head office in the Alpha and Bravo buildings. Swiss Private Aviation has its head office in the Swiss complex. Swiss European Air Lines and Swiss AviationTraining, subsidiaries of Swiss, are also headquartered on the airport property.
Edelweiss Air has its head office in the Edelweiss Air Operations Center (OTC) on the airport grounds. gategroup has its head office on the airport property. Helvetic Airways has its head office on the grounds of the airport in Kloten. The corporate offices for Swissôtel are located in the Prioria Business Center on the property of Zurich Airport and in Kloten.
Rega (Swiss Air-Rescue), the air rescue service, has its head office in the Rega Centre, a hangar located in the northeast section of Zurich Airport. This hangar has direct access to the runways of the airport. It is within the municipality of Kloten.
When Swissair existed, its head office was at Zurich Airport and in Kloten. The head office was in proximity to the main airport facilities. In 1985 Crossair was headquartered in Kloten.
The airport is served by the A51 motorway and other main roads, which provide access to the airport especially for the central and eastern Switzerland.
Zurich Airport railway station is located underneath the terminal. The station has frequent Zürich S-Bahn services on lines S2 and S16, plus direct InterRegio, InterCity and Eurocity services to Basel, Bern, Biel/Bienne, Brig, Geneva, Konstanz, Lausanne, Lucerne, Munich, Neuchâtel, Romanshorn, St. Gallen and Winterthur. There are 10 trains per hour to Zürich Hauptbahnhof, Zürich's main city centre station, with a journey time of between 10 and 15 minutes. By changing trains at Hauptbahnhof, most other places in Switzerland can be reached in a few hours.
Bus and tram
In front of the terminal is the airport stop of the Stadtbahn Glattal, a light rail system that interworks with the Zürich tram system, together with a regional bus station. Both the bus station and light rail stop provide service to destinations throughout the Glattal region that surrounds the airport, with the light rail stop being served by tram routes 10 and 12. Tram route 10 also provides a link to Zurich Hauptbahnhof, albeit with a rather longer journey time than that of the railway.
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