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Night flight ban


Night-time curfew

A strict night-time curfew is in place at Zurich Airport. A ban on flights between 11:30 p.m. and 06:00 a.m. has been in force since 29 July 2010; the time between 11:00 p.m and 11:30 p.m. may only be used to reduce backlogs of delayed flights.

Each additional extension to the night-time restrictions makes it more difficult to maintain a hub at Zurich Airport. A hub is simply a base for short and long-haul traffic that enables connections.

Long-haul connections at the beginning and end of the day are essential as short-haul flights within Europe are coordinated with them and must remain competitive in comparison to other airports.

An even longer night-time curfew would lead to fewer direct connections, making Zurich Airport less attractive as a traffic centre.

Comparison of curfews:

Airport Capacity1 Hours of 
unrestricted operation
General ban on 
night-time flights
Amsterdam
108
06:00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
No2
Paris CDG
97
06:00 a.m. - 11.15 p.m.
No2
Copenhagen
83
06:00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
No2
Munich
82
06:00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m.
No, noise quota
London LHR
81
07:00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
No, noise quota
Frankfurt
81
05:00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
11:00 p.m. - 05:00 a.m.
Madrid
78
07:00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
No2
Milan
70
06:30 a.m. - 11.30 p.m.
No2
Brussels
68
24h
No2
Zurich
68
06:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 p.m. - 06:00 a.m.
Vienna
68
05:00 a.m. - 09:30 p.m.
No2
1 Movements/hour
2 Possible restrictions on the number of flight movements

 

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