St. Gallen–Altenrhein Airport

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St. Gallen–Altenrhein Airport

Flugplatz St. Gallen-Altenrhein
Airport St. Gallen-Altenrhein.png
ServesSt. Gallen, Switzerland and Lake Constance
Hub forPeople's
Elevation AMSL1,306 ft / 398 m
Coordinates47°29′07.9″N 9°33′40.0″E / 47.485528°N 9.561111°E / 47.485528; 9.561111
ACH is located in Switzerland
Location of airport in Switzerland
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10R/28L 4,921 1,500 Asphalt
10L/28R 1,968 600 Grass

St. Gallen–Altenrhein Airport (IATA: ACH, ICAO: LSZR) is a small airport in Altenrhein in the Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland near Lake Constance. It is the home base for People's airline.


At the end of World War II, Swiss authorities identified existing locations that were to be modernized as regional airports, a second tier of infrastructure to support the primary urban airports, with St. Gallen-Altenrhein being one of the five.[1]

Austrian Airlines served St. Gallen-Altenrhein from Vienna since 2003 when it took over the route from Rheintalflug, a predecessor of InterSky.[2] The airport decided to terminate the contracts with Austrian in 2011 and started their own airline, People's (formerly People's Viennaline), to serve the route.[2] Austrian decided to continue the route as well in direct competition. As a result, there were up to six daily flights from the small airport to Vienna during that period.[2] In spring 2013, Austrian announced the termination of its route to Vienna due to continuing losses as a result of the harsh competition.[2] After that, People's offered a codeshare agreement to Austrian, which it declined.[3]


Control tower


The airport features a small passenger terminal building and some apron and hangar stands for aircraft such as the Embraer 170, business jets or general aviation planes such as the Cessna 172. As there are no jet bridges, walk-boarding is used.


The paved, eastbound runway 10 is equipped with an Instrument landing system (ILS CAT I).[4] Due to its short length the main runway can only be used by smaller passenger aircraft such as the Embraer E-Jets or the Bombardier Q Series.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airline offers regularly scheduled and seasonal flights at St. Gallen–Altenrhein Airport:[5]

People's Vienna
Seasonal: Cagliari, Ibiza, Kefalonia, Menorca, Naples, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Preveza, Pula

The nearest larger airport is Friedrichshafen Airport in Germany, on the opposite side of Lake Constance, 45 kilometres (28 mi) to the north-west by ferry or by plane.


Annual passenger traffic at ACH airport. See source Wikidata query.

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport can be reached via motorway A1 (Zürich - Winterthur, Exit Rheineck-Thal). Taxis and a shuttle service are available. There is also a scheduled bus connection from the airport to the nearby towns of Rorschach and Rheineck and their railway stations.[6]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bell, E. A. (10 May 1945). "Swiss Planning". Flight and Aircraft Engineer. Royal Aero Club. XLVII (1898): 501. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d " - Luftfahrt-Nachrichten und -Community".
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  5. ^ - Flight schedule retrieved 26 December 2018
  6. ^ "Ihre Anreise an Flughafen St.Gallen-Altenrhein".
  7. ^ sda/lehs. "20 Jahre nach dem Cessna-Absturz: Ein einmaliger Bodensee-Krimi". Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) (in Swiss High German). Retrieved 2017-10-09.

External links[edit]

Media related to St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport at Wikimedia Commons