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Noise charge framework

Noise-related fees charges

Zurich Airport's noise charge model stipulates that every aircraft be classified in one of five noise categories based on noise measurements. Different noise charges apply depending on the noise category.

The noise charge model for jet aircraft based on average peak noise values during take-off, as measured at specific measuring stations at Zurich Airport.

Noise class I comprises the noisiest and noise class V the least noisy aircraft types. The noise charge increases with each noise class and ranges from CHF 0 (noise class V) to CHF 2,000 (noise class I).

During the night between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. additional night-time noise charges are levied, which increase in half-hourly increments. Since 2013, flights between 6-7 a.m. and between 9-10 p.m. have also had to pay a noise charge supplement. The aim is to ensure that as few noisy flight movements as possible occur in the sensitive shoulder hours and during the night.

All revenue from noise charges is credited to the Airport of Zurich Noise Fund (AZNF) and is used only for specific purposes, i.e. for costs relating to aircraft noise.

Please see Airport Zurich Noise Fund (AZNF) for further information on the application of noise charges.