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19.01.2018

WEF – additional flight movements at Zurich Airport

The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) will be held in Davos from 23-26 January 2018. During this period, Zurich Airport expects additional flight movements on a par with past years, including numerous helicopter flights.

This year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos will commence on Tuesday, 23 January 2018. Once again, a large number of well-known people from the business and political communities are expected. The delegations will come from almost 100 countries. Many of the guests will arrive by private aircraft. Against this backdrop, Flughafen Zürich AG expects additional flight movements already on Monday, 22 January 2018. Overall, during these five days there will be numerous additional take-offs and landings above and beyond regular operations, on a par with recent years. The expected peak during the WEF will exceed the daily average – calculated for the year as a whole – of around 130 flight movements.

Depending on the size of the aircraft, there will be a total of 62 stands available for WEF aircraft which are already reserved for the registered delegations. Due to space restrictions, other WEF visitors’ aircraft will be given time slots of max. three hours for loading and unloading. They will then be required to leave Zurich Airport. It is up to the pilots to decide which other airport to use. In view of the US President's visit, Observation Deck B will be closed on the morning of 25 January 2018 and on the afternoon of 26 January 2018.

Around 36 aircraft will fly directly to Dübendorf Airport. Direct handling of flights at Dübendorf will be possible again this year, which barely affects the additional flight movements expected at Zurich Airport. A greater number of helicopter flights together with additional noise emissions will be inevitable in the days preceding, during and after the WEF.

In view of the US President's visit, Observation Deck B will be closed on the morning of 25 January 2018 and on the afternoon of 26 January 2018.

Note to media professionals:
Due to specific requirements by the US delegation, it will not be possible for media professionals to attend the arrival of the US President at Zurich Airport on-site on January 25, 2018. 

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