|IATA: ZRH ICAO: LSZH|
|Owner||Flughafen Zürich AG|
|Location||Kloten, Rümlang, Oberglatt, Winkel and Opfikon|
|Hub for||Edelweiss Air Swiss International Air Lines|
|Focus city for||Chair Airlines Helvetic Airways|
|Elevation AMSL||1,416 ft / 432 m|
|Coordinates||47°27′53″N 008°32′57″ECoordinates: 47°27′53″N 008°32′57″E|
Zurich Airport (German: Flughafen Zürich, IATA: ZRH, ICAO: LSZH) 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.
In 2019, the airport received the World Travel Award in the category “Europe’s leading airport” for the 17th time in a row. The Skytrax Award also ranks Zurich Airport among the top 10 airports in the world for millions of travellers each year
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%. Flughafen Zürich AG used the brand name Unique from 2000 until 2010.
In March 2017, Flughafen Zürich AG announced it had acquired 100% of Brazil’s Hercílio Luz International Airport, and will operate it under a concession until 2047. The company also has stakes in the operation of airports in Belo Horizonte, Bogotá, Curaçao, Antofagasta, Iquique, and Bangalore. More recently, the company has also won the concession to operate both Eurico de Aguiar Salles Airport in Vitória and Macaé Airport in Macaé, Brazil.
The airport has three airside piers, which are known as terminals A, B, and E (also signposted as Gates A, B/D, and E). These are linked to a central air-side building called Airside Center, built in 2003. Alongside the Airside Center, the ground-side terminal complex named Airport Center 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 Airside Center, 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 Airside Center and reach the Airport Center by different routes, with non-Schengen passengers first passing through immigration controls. The three airside terminals are:
Terminal A contains gates prefixed A. It opened in 1971, and it is used exclusively by flights to and from destinations inside the Schengen Area, including domestic flights within Switzerland. Since its expansion in 1982-1985, it takes the form of a finger pier, directly connected at one end to the Airside Centre. Terminal A will be torn down and replaced by an entirely new facility from 2021.
Terminal B contains gates prefixed B and D. It opened in 1975 and reopened in November 2011 after an extensive three-year reconstruction. Like terminal A, it takes the form of a finger pier directly connected at one end to the Airside Centre. Since reconstruction, it can accommodate both Schengen and non-Schengen flights at the same gates. Each gate has two numbers, one prefixed B and the other D, but with different passenger routes to and from the gates to separate the flows of Schengen and non-Schengen passengers.
Terminal E contains gates prefixed E, and is also known as the midfield terminal or Dock E. It is a stand-alone satellite terminal located on the opposite side of runway 10/28 from the Airside Center, 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 is connected to the Airside Center by the Skymetro, an automated underground people mover.
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.
The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Zurich Airport:
Seasonal: Heraklion, Rhodes, Thessaloniki
|Air France||Paris–Charles de Gaulle|
|AlMasria Universal Airlines||Seasonal charter: Hurghada|
|BH Air||Seasonal: Burgas, Varna|
|Blue Islands||Seasonal charter: Guernsey, Jersey|
|British Airways||London–City, London–Heathrow|
Seasonal charter: Edinburgh
|Cathay Pacific||Hong Kong|
|Chair Airlines||Beirut, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Ohrid, Pristina, Sharm El Sheikh, Skopje|
Seasonal: Burgas, Calvi, Djerba, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Larnaca, Rhodes, Zadar
|Corendon Airlines||Seasonal: Antalya|
Seasonal: Dubrovnik, Pula, Split
|Cyprus Airways||Seasonal: Larnaca|
|Delta Air Lines||New York–JFK|
|easyJet||Amsterdam, Berlin–Schönefeld, Berlin–Tegel, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Naples, Nice, Porto|
|Edelweiss Air||Antalya, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Cagliari, Cancún, Catania, Edinburgh, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Havana, Hurghada, Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, La Palma, Larnaca, Marsa Alam, Mauritius, Ohrid, Orlando, Palma de Mallorca, Pristina, Punta Cana, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, San José (CR), Seville, Skopje, Tampa, Tenerife–South|
Seasonal: Agadir (begins 3 September 2020), Bodrum, Calgary, Cape Town, Chania, Colombo–Bandaranaike, Corfu, Dalaman, Denver, Djerba, Dubrovnik, Faro, Heraklion, Ho Chi Minh City, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Kalamata, Kos, Las Vegas, Mahé, Malé, Marrakesh, Menorca, Mykonos, Olbia, Paphos, Phuket, Puerto Plata (resumes 19 January 2021), Pula, Rhodes, Samos, San Diego, Santiago de Compostela (begins 4 July 2020), Santorini, Split, Tirana, Vancouver, Varadero, Varna
Seasonal charter: Kittilä, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rovaniemi, Tromsø
|El Al||Tel Aviv|
|Etihad Airways||Abu Dhabi|
|Eurowings||Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg|
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
|FlyEgypt||Seasonal charter: Hurghada|
|Helvetic Airways||Seasonal: Calvi, Kittilä, Kuusamo, Olbia, Tromsø|
Seasonal charter: Araxos, Heraklion, Kos, Lourdes/Tarbes, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes
|Israir Airlines||Seasonal: Tel Aviv (begins 29 June 2020)|
|Korean Air||Seasonal: Seoul–Incheon|
|LOT Polish Airlines||Warsaw–Chopin|
|Nouvelair||Seasonal charter: Enfidha|
|Pegasus Airlines||Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen|
|Royal Air Maroc||Casablanca|
|Royal Jordanian||Amman–Queen Alia|
|Scandinavian Airlines||Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda|
|SunExpress||Ankara, Antalya, Dalaman, Gaziantep, İzmir|
|Swiss International Air Lines||Amsterdam, Athens, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Beijing–Daxing, Belgrade, Berlin–Tegel, Bilbao, Birmingham, Bordeaux, Boston, Bremen, Brindisi, Brussels, |
Bucharest, Budapest, Cairo, Chicago–O’Hare, Copenhagen, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Dresden, Dubai–International, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Florence, Frankfurt, Gdańsk, Geneva, Gothenburg, Gran Canaria, Graz, Hamburg, Hanover, Hong Kong, Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, Kiev–Boryspil, Kraków, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London–City, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Marseille, Miami, Milan–Malpensa, Montreal–Trudeau, Moscow–Domodedovo, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Naples, Newark, New York–JFK, Nice, Nuremberg, Oslo–Gardermoen, Palma de Mallorca, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Porto, Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Saint Petersburg, San Francisco, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Shanghai–Pudong, Singapore, Sofia, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Sylt, Tel Aviv, Tokyo–Narita, Valencia, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław
Seasonal: Alicante, Bari, Bergen, Cork, Figari, Heringsdorf, Malta, Palermo, Thessaloniki
|Tailwind Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|TAP Air Portugal||Lisbon, Porto|
Seasonal: Gaziantep (begins 10 July 2020)
|Ukraine International Airlines||Kiev–Boryspil|
|United Airlines||Chicago–O’Hare (begins 24 October 2020), Newark, Washington–Dulles|
Seasonal: San Francisco
|Vueling||Alicante, Barcelona, Lanzarote, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca|
Seasonal: Santiago de Compostela
Zürich Flughafen railway station is located underneath the Airport Centre. The station has frequent Zürich S-Bahn services, plus direct InterRegio, InterCity, and Eurocity services, to many places including Basel, Bern, Biel/Bienne, Brig, Geneva, Konstanz, Lausanne, Lucerne, Munich, Romanshorn, St. Gallen, and Winterthur. There are some 13 trains per hour to Zürich HB (Hauptbahnhof), Zürich’s main city centre station, with a journey time of between 9 and 13 minutes. By changing trains there, most other places in Switzerland can be reached in a few hours.
In front of the Airport Centre 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.
The airport is served by the A51 motorway and other main roads, which link to the airport’s own road network. Drop-off areas are available by the Airport Centre whilst a total of over 14000 spaces are available in six car parks for short and long term parking. A car hire centre is located in the terminal complex. Theairport is served by a fleet of dedicated airport taxis, which operate from taxi ranks in front of the arrival areas. Alternative chauffeur driven airport limousines can be arranged.
The Circle, a complex intended to include a medical center, a conference center, shops, restaurants, offices, and hotels, is under construction opposite the Airport Centre. The complex was designed by Japanese architect Riken Yamamoto and is planned for completion in 2019 with opening for the public in 2020.
Several companies have their headquarters on or about the airport. These include Swiss International Air Lines, Swiss World Cargo,Swiss AviationTraining, Edelweiss Air, gategroup, Helvetic Airways, Swissôtel, and Rega. Other companies that were formerly based on the airport include Swissair and Crossair.