1 – 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.
2 – 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, 31% of the traffic is business related.
3 – 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.
4 – High travel demand
Zurich Airport is a bustling international airport that served 31.1 million passengers in 2018, 71.5% 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, 73% of Swiss population take two or more trips with at least three overnight stays every year.
5 – 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 763 flights per day to a total of 206 destinations in 68 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 363 rail, 793 bus and 402 tram departures per day, which makes Zurich Airport a true intermodal hub.
Optimum purchasing power
Above-average salaries and comparatively low taxes result in high purchasing power and saving rates that attract investments. As Switzerland has one of the lowest inflation rates in Europe, its competitiveness and wealth is rising year by year.
Higher purchasing power results in higher achievable ticket prices. The large number of international companies headquartered in the region, and the high proportion of wealthy residents ensure strong demand for premium travel, resulting in better overall yields. In fact, the business and first class cabin shares on intercontinental flights from Zurich are among the highest throughout Europe.
Strong travel demand
Foreign trade plays a major role in Switzerland’s economy and generates strong business travel demand throughout the year. While outgoing leisure demand is driven by high disposable incomes, incoming leisure demand is supported by Switzerland’s wide range of attractions.