Start of the summer holidays at Zurich Airport
Zurich Airport will be extremely busy over the coming weeks as the summer holidays get underway. By taking a few simple steps, passengers can ensure their trip gets off to an efficient and enjoyable start.
This year's summer holidays will once again see large numbers of people passing through Zurich Airport – more than 100,000 passengers are expected on multiple days. That's around 25,000 passengers more than on an average day. The expected peak travel times on the summer holiday weekends will require excellent coordination from all partner companies. These simple tips will help passengers get their holidays off to the best possible start at Zurich Airport:
Allow yourself plenty of time and check in well in advance
Owing to increased passenger traffic, it's a good idea to arrive at Zurich Airport at least two hours before departure. As a result of increased security measures, which come into force on 20 July, passengers travelling to the USA are advised to arrive at Zurich Airport three hours prior to departure and to check their gate information in good time. Passengers' electronic devices will be checked again separately at the gate for US flights.
Depending on the airline, passengers may check in from home using the online check-in or mobile check-in system. Some airlines also allow passengers to check in and drop off their baggage at Zurich Airport the day or evening before their flight. Information on the various check-in options and desk opening times: www.zurich-airport.com/check-in.
Individual itinerary thanks to the airport app
The Zurich Airport app provides travellers with all the information they need. The app creates and constantly updates their very own itinerary and highlights their journey to the airport with their chosen form of transport. On request, any changes to the gate or flight time can be sent directly to their mobile phone as a push message. An interactive map helps passengers to find their way around and get to their destination on time. The app offers other helpful information and links to special services such as assistance for passengers with reduced mobility.
Liquids, gels and sprays are only allowed in hand baggage in containers up to a maximum size of 100 ml. They must be transported in a plastic bag, which itself must not exceed one litre in capacity. Only one plastic bag is allowed per person. Liquids of more than 100 ml are only permitted if they fall into the categories of special food, baby food or medication. These are inspected separately. All liquids must be presented at the security checkpoint. Drinks bottles such as PET bottles are not permitted in hand baggage and cannot be taken beyond the security checkpoint.
Electronic devices such as laptops, tablets and cameras must be presented at the security checkpoint. Any e-cigarettes, loose batteries, power banks and charging devices with a battery must be taken in hand baggage and not transported in checked baggage. Batteries must be secured against short circuits by either taping over the poles or placing each loose battery separately into a protective case. Batteries with a capacity of 100 Wh or more are limited to a maximum of two per passenger. Energy sources with a capacity of over 160 Wh are prohibited.
All types of scissors and knifes with a blade length of more than 6 cm are also not allowed in your hand baggage. However, both may be transported in checked baggage. Fireworks and sparklers are generally prohibited. Each passenger may carry one lighter on their person.
More information on the safety regulations is available here: www.zurich-airport.com/security.
Shops and restaurants
With more than 50 restaurants and 110 shops, Zurich Airport offers passengers and visitors a wealth of choice. On arrival, passengers can also purchase duty-free items from the two duty-free shops in Arrivals. The restaurants and shops in the passenger zone usually open one hour before the first flight departs and close once the last flight has been called.