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Airport history

Since 2000 Flughafen Zürich AG has operated Zurich Airport as a privatised listed company on behalf of the Swiss Confederation.

The following is a chronological overview of the milestones in the history of Zurich airport. 

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  • 2012 - 2013


    18 December 2013
    Funding secured for "The Circle"
    Flughafen Zürich AG and Swiss Life Ltd. sign a contract to jointly finance this major real estate project.
    22 November 2013
    Zurich's airport operator wins operating licence for airport in Brazil
    As part of a consortium with the Brazilian company CCR and Flughafen München GmbH, Flughafen Zürich AG is awarded the concession for the operation and expansion of Confins International Airport in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.


    15 November 2013FOCA imposes charges at Zurich Airport
    The Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) issues a decision setting out airport charges for 2014 to 2017. Overall the charges for passengers will be lower in future.


    23 August 2013Flughafen Zürich AG regrets failure of negotiations on charges
    Despite six months of intensive discussions during the negotiations on charges, the parties are unable to achieve consensus. Flughafen Zürich AG regrets the failure of these negotiations. It had continually sought to reach an agreement, and had submitted a final proposal providing for a very moderate increase in airport charges which would have been the first rise in ten years.


    6 August 2013Opening of P6 car park extension at Zurich Airport
    Flughafen Zürich AG celebrates the expansion of car park P6. With around 1,300 additional parking spaces, P6 is now the biggest car park at the airport and can accommodate up to 4,000 vehicles.


    11 July 2013Flughafen Zürich AG begins redesign of curbside lanes
    The airport operator is intending to completely remodel the curbside lanes in the arrival and departure areas in order to upgrade the existing infrastructure and reduce traffic jams. The first changes are seen on the approach roads during the summer holidays. Work on upgrading the infrastructure for the curbside lanes in the arrival area begins in October.


    26 June 2013
    SAIP draft sets out spatial planning parameters for Zurich Airport
    The Federal Council approves the SAIP draft for Zurich Airport. This decision provides Zurich Airport with its first set of spatial planning principles to follow.


    22 May 2013Flughafen Zürich AG commences construction of ground station for GPS-assisted landings
    The airport operator invests four million Swiss francs in a GBAS ground station to make GPS-assisted landings even more accurate and facilitate the introduction of state-of-the-art approach procedures.


    26 April 2013Flughafen Zürich AG commissions runway extension planning
    Extending runways 28 and 32 is necessary to enable the efficient handling of operations at Zurich Airport also during the extended curfew periods agreed in the treaty with Germany. Flughafen Zürich AG commissions the planning work required.


    19 April 2013
    Zurich Airport can implement new noise charge framework
    The Federal Administrative Court lifted the suspensive effect of the complaint filed by the Schutzverband der Bevolkerung um den Flughafen Zurich (an association for the protection of the population around the airport) and the municipality of Rümlang. Flughafen Zurich AG must provisionally implement the revised noise charge framework from 1 May 2013.


    8 March 2013Flughafen Zürich AG commences construction of Echo North aircraft stands
    Future generations of aircraft will require more space at stands. To maintain its current stand capacity, the airport operator is building new aircraft stand areas to the north of Dock E.


    7 March 2013Council of States approves treaty
    A majority of the cantons approves the treaty with Germany. A majority of the National Council also ratifies it on 5 June.


    7 February 2013Development of infrastructure for de-icer runoff
    Work has been underway on extending the infrastructure for treating de-icer runoff since October 2012. From mid-February, work is also carried out within the safety zones of the runways and taxiways.



    April 2012
    Start of the main construction phase for the Terminal 2 upgrade project

    April 2012
    Flughafen Zürich AG is granted planning consent for its major project „The Circle“

    January 2012
    Launch of the airport's iPhone app

  • 2010 - 2011


    December 2011
    Opening of the new Dock B, the centralised security check building and the observation deck


    November 2011
    Resounding „No“ to the block on further development of the airport with the rejection of the municipalities' Initiative II and its counterproposal


    Flughafen Zürich AG ends the 2010 financial year with a net profit of CHF 138.5 million (down 27.3% from the 2009 figure of CHF 190.6 million). The positive effect of the partial sale of shareholdings in India, which had contributed around CHF 75 million to profits in 2009, no longer affected 2010. After excluding the one-off India effect in 2009, 2010 profits are up 20.6%.


    Zurich is the first airport in Switzerland to introduce a satellite-based approach system. Suitably equipped aircraft can now approach north runway 14 using GPS technology. This does not alter any flight paths. As a member of the European SESAR research project, Flughafen Zürich AG is playing a leading role internationally in the development and introduction of new flight procedures and will collect empirical data on satellite-based approaches. The project is part of the „CHIPS“ programme, a Swiss platform for sharing innovative ideas in the field of flight procedures.


    Construction workers, contractors, project managers and airport employees celebrate the topping-out of Dock B at Zurich Airport. The new Dock B has two levels to enable simultaneous handling of Schengen and non-Schengen passengers. The new dock enters service on 1 December 2011.


    Flughafen Zürich AG launches approximately six-month long trials of an automated bag drop system. The trials are expected to run until the end of July 2011 and will provide information about whether the new system is suitable in practice and is accepted by customers.


    Zurich Airport once again receives the Business Traveller Award for best transfer airport in Europe. In the overall "Best Airport in the World" rankings, Zurich took an excellent second place.


    Despite the volcano eruption and a harsh start to the winter, Zurich Airport’s passenger numbers for 2010 reached a new record of 22.9 million. Its previous record had been achieved ten years ago. The increase was due primarily to strong local traffic, with transfer traffic declining.




    With the Swiss Federal Supreme Court ruling of 22 December 2010, Zurich Airport's operating regulations are enshrined in law. These had been originally submitted to the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) by Flughafen Zürich AG on 31 December 2003 as provisional operating regulations. Objections against them were raised by several parties. The Swiss Federal Supreme Court’s decision places current flight operations on a solid legal foundation with established routes for departure and arrival.


    In collaboration with the Zurich cantonal police, Flughafen Zürich AG pilots automated border control checks.


    Flughafen Zürich AG's climate protection programme receives accreditation at a high level. The certificate was awarded under the European accreditation scheme run by Airports Council International Europe (ACI EUROPE). The Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme launched in 2009 is the first and only international climate programme for airports and has four levels of certification. Flughafen Zürich AG meets all the requirements for the second-highest level.


    For the seventh time in succession, Zurich Airport receives the prestigious World Travel Award for its user-friendliness and consistent high quality. The criteria that won it this award were the reach of its sales efforts in the tourist industry, the airport's user-friendliness, and the consistently high quality of its products and services. Zurich Airport came in ahead of eleven other nominated airports in its category.


    The large-scale military exercise AEROPORTO 2010 comes to an end. The aim of the three-week exercise involving approximately 5,000 members of the Swiss Armed Forces was to set up a military protection zone at Zurich Airport. The exercise was successful and had no impact on civilian flight operations.


    The solar plane Solar Impulse lands at Zurich Airport. It was the first landing of a solar-powered aircraft at the airport. The purpose of the flight was to practise cooperation with international airports and to safely navigate the solar-powered plane through congested air spaces.


    First-half figures: despite the suspension of flights for several days owing to the volcanic eruptions in Iceland, Flughafen Zürich AG posts a positive result of CHF 49.7 million (up 5.3% on the previous year).


    The curfew for night flights at Zurich Airport is extended. The night-time curfew is now in effect from 11:30 p.m., including a half-hour allowance for delays, until 06:00 a.m. The extension was requested by Flughafen Zürich AG itself in order to accommodate the needs of local residents for quiet.


    Security scanner trials underway since 8 June are completed.  Around 4,800 passengers and airport staff were checked using the security scanners during the test phase. The security scanner check was voluntary for all passengers and employees, and a conventional security check was available at all times. The tests were successful, and traveller acceptance was high.


    As a result of the volcanic eruption in Iceland, Swiss air space remains closed from midnight on Saturday to 08:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Zurich Airport suspends flight operations. The passengers affected are provided with blankets, sleeping bags, toiletries, food and beverages. Around 3,000 flights have to be cancelled during the suspension of air traffic.


    The Federal Office of Civil Aviation certifies Zurich Airport for the Airbus A380. The way is now clear for the largest passenger jet in the world to be used on regular scheduled routes from and to Zurich. On 28 March, Singapore Airlines commences a daily Airbus A380 service on its Zurich-Singapore route.


    Flughafen Zürich AG ends the 2009 financial year with a net profit of CHF 190.6 million (up 57% on the previous year's figure of CHF 121.3 million). The positive effect brought about by the partial sale of the company's shareholdings in India contributed around CHF 75 million to this excellent result.


    Flughafen Zürich AG adopts a climate protection policy with the aim of gradually reducing CO2 emissions. It sets a target of reducing CO2 emissions at Zurich Airport by 15,000 tonnes to a total of 20,000 tonnes by 2030.


    Following a year-long international architectural competition for „The Circle“, the prize-winning project is announced. The Japanese architectural firm Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop won through against more than 90 top-class entries from twelve countries. In the next phase, the submitted design is to be further developed in a preliminary study in order to integrate the client's particular needs.


    Zurich Airport once again receives the Business Traveller Award for best transfer airport in Europe. In the „Best Airport in the World“ category, Zurich Airport moves up to second place ahead of Dubai, which comes third. Singapore's Changi airport tops the list.


    The „Welcome A380“ public event is a complete success. Following the landing of the Airbus A380 at 08:21 a.m., 22,143 aviation enthusiasts viewed the giant aircraft up close. Various tests were conducted on the ground before the Airbus took off again the following day.

  • 2008 - 2009


    For the sixth year in succession, Zurich Airport receives the prestigious World Travel Award for its user-friendliness and consistent high quality. In its category, Zurich Airport came in ahead of ten other airports that had been nominated, taking the „Best European Airport“ award for the sixth time in a row. The ratings are compiled from an Internet survey of over 150,000 tourism industry experts all over the world.


    The Board of Directors of Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG) decide to no longer use the brand name „Unique“ in future, but to operate under the „Zurich Airport“ brand from the spring of 2010. The „Zurich Airport“ brand and its new logo are to be gradually introduced following the General Meeting of Shareholders in April 2010.


    The decisive rejection of the „fair flight initiative“ is renewed testimony of Zurich citizens' support for Zurich Airport. Following their rejection of the November 2007 initiative to restrict flight movements, the voters once again declared their support for an efficient airport. The distribution of aircraft noise demanded by the initiative's proponents would only have created drawbacks for nearby residents as well as for the airport operator. Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG) is firmly in favour of concentrating noise and seeks to ensure that as few people as possible are affected.


    The underground Skymetro system connecting the Airside Center with Dock E at Zurich Airport is expanded. One additional carriage is added to the three trains, so each one now has three carriages. The final Skymetro expansion is part of the „Zurich 2010“ project which encompasses the implementation of the Schengen Agreement at Zurich Airport and the centralisation of security checks.


    A party is held to launch the new children's tour bus featuring raised seats for a better view. A large-scale children's art competition had been held to design the bus's livery. The winning design was submitted by seven-year-old Sebastian Bättig from Hedingen.


    Schengen procedures are successfully implemented at Zurich Airport. During the night of 29 March, the separation of the Schengen and non-Schengen areas was completed and all signage was changed accordingly.


    Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG) launches the development of a new major project at Zurich Airport. A high-quality service facility covering some 200,000 square metres and within walking distance of the terminal is planned. It is called „The Circle at Zurich Airport“. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2012.




    Opening ceremony and launch of the new Glatt valley tram service between central Zurich and the airport.


    Opening of new Air France and Dnata lounges in the Airside Center.


    Closure of the observation deck at Dock B, a major attraction for visitors of all ages. Dock B is to be completely reconstructed and is scheduled to reopen by spring 2011. Bus tours will continue to operate in the meantime. The terrace at Dock E remains open.


    A variety of new facilities commence operation in time for the changeover to the 2008 winter timetable: the new arrivals hall, the renovated „Grüezi B“ bus arrival area and the corridor connecting them, plus the new bus gates B01 to B10, with tax and duty-free shop and Bar 110. Along with other construction projects under the „Zurich 2010“ programme, this new infrastructure forms part of the alterations required by the introduction of the Schengen Agreement.


    A small private plane (Cirrus SR22) crashes on approach to runway 14. Zurich Protection and Rescue personnel are on the scene immediately, but unfortunately the accident claims three lives.


    The renovation of runway 16/34 is successfully completed. Zurich Airport's longest runway is now ready for another 30 years of operation.


    For the fifth year in a row, Zurich Airport receives the prestigious World Travel Award for its user-friendliness and consistent high quality.


    Opening of new Emirates Lounge in Dock E.


    Zurich Airport holds a party for all its employees to celebrate its 60th anniversary. A commemorative volume, „Flughafen Zürich 1948–2008“, chronicles the history of the airport and contains previously unpublished documents and numerous illustrations.


    In an appeal lodged by the Swissair liquidator, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court rules against Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG).

  • 2006 - 2007



    Zurich Airport receives a 2007 Condé Nast Traveller „Readers' Travel Award“ and is named best airport for food and restaurants.


    Conclusion of a joint venture agreement with Brazilian group Camargo Corrêa and the Chilean Gestión e Ingeniería IDC S.A. for the construction and operation of airports and airside infrastructure in Latin America.


    Flughafen Zürich AG welcomes its 20-millionth passenger of the year.


    63% of the Zurich electorate rejects the initiative calling for restrictions on flight movements. The ZFI+ counterproposal calling for a noise index was accepted by 63% of the voters.


    Recertification of environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001.


    Announcement of the appointment of Thomas E. Kern to replace Josef Felder as CEO. At the same time, it is announced that CFO Beat Spalinger is to leave the company after the 2008 General Meeting. His replacement is Daniel Schmucki, former Head of Controlling Treasury & Investor Relations.


    Opening of Zurich Airport environmental exhibition.


    Extension of store opening hours in the Airport Center by 1 hour to 09:00 p.m.


    ICAO inspectors audit and approve of the overall security system.


    Opening of the new intersection-free access and connecting bridge in front of the Operations Center and car park 6.


    The operating licence for El Tepual airport in Puerto Montt (Chile) held by Flughafen Zürich AG/Gestión e Ingeniería IDC S.A. is extended for a further 15 years by Chile's Ministry for Public Buildings.


    Topping-out ceremony for the Radisson SAS Airport Hotel.




    Introduction of new regulations governing the carrying of liquids in hand luggage on flights from Switzerland. From now on, only very limited quantities of liquids are permitted. Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG) implements the new regulations issued by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) by the specified deadline.


    In line with the modified approach procedure, the instrument landing system for runway 28 (approaches from the east) comes into operation.


    Construction of a new bridge from the motorway exit to the curbside lanes and car park 6 commences. This enables access to the airport without crossing the tram line.


    Easing of the security regulations for flights to the USA which had been imposed following the thwarted terrorist attacks in London. Liquids are now permitted on USA flights again.


    Zurich Airport wins the World Travel Award in the category „Europe's Leading Airport“ for the third year in a row.


    A „Soul of Chocolate“ exhibition in the Airside Center presents the many fascinating aspects of chocolate at various stands.


    Airport Terrace Festival is held on observation deck B with a „Hollywood“ theme. Around 10,000 visitors participate in the two-day event.


    Construction work on the new and final section of the bike and blades path around the airport commences.


    The foiled terrorist attacks in London result in more stringent security regulations at Zurich Airport (ban on liquids in hand luggage).


    The thwarted terrorist attacks in London cause air traffic delays at Zurich Airport.


    Zurich Airport's professional fire brigade takes delivery of new type Z8 airfield fire engines to replace its ageing existing fleet. The Z8s also form part of the safety stipulations for the Airbus A380.


    Unique is the first airport operator in Switzerland to meet the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the organisation and documentation of its safety processes. The Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) issued the respective certificate to Unique.


    A passenger survey votes Zurich Airport the number eight airport in the world.


    Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG) decorates a Swiss Avro RJ 100 with an unconventional alpine scene. The picture on the Jumbolino's fuselage depicts mountain farmers returning from a shopping trip and heading up onto the alp. The eye-catching livery bearing the message „Zurich Airport – Shopping Paradise“ seeks to highlight the attractiveness of Zurich Airport as a shopping destination.


    Air freight magazine „Air Cargo World“ presents Zurich Airport with the „Air Cargo Excellence Award 2006“ in the category of European airports handling up to 500,000 tonnes per year. Zurich ranks third in the survey.


    Zurich Airport is voted the number two airport in Europe in the „Airport Service Excellence Awards“. The award is very important for the airport, as it reflects a detailed analysis of strengths and weaknesses with regard to passenger satisfaction.


    Zurich Airport ranks top among European air transport hubs for reliable baggage transport. A survey conducted by the Association of European Airlines (AEA) shows that in comparison with other hubs, Zurich experiences the fewest glitches with baggage transport.

  • 2004 - 2005


    The Swiss electorate votes „No“ to the abolition of Sunday trading. In the run-up to this referendum, Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG) had vigorously campaigned in favour of retaining Sunday opening.


    The fire brigade switchboard operated by Unique at Zurich Airport now also takes emergency calls that had been previously directed to the control centre in Winterthur.


    Zurich is named best airport at the 2005 World Traveller Awards.


    Unique is presented with the Airport Marketing Award at the Routes Conference for the second time.


    27/28 August 2005 
    Annual Terrace Festival: Unique invites interested members of the public to attend the festival organised in collaboration with UNICEF Switzerland. This year's country theme is „India“.


    Punctuality at Zurich Airport increases sharply in the second quarter, as a result of which the airport moves 9 places up the European rankings from 25th to 16th. The main reason for delays continues to be the German implementing regulation which restricts flights over German territory.


    Conversion of the former Dock B into an events venue is completed.


    A representative survey carried out by Unique reveals that passengers departing from Zurich flew an average of 8.2 times during the past 12 months, and 79% of respondents regard Zurich Airport as „essential“ for both private and business purposes.


    The Airside Center is awarded the „2005 Prix Acier“ architecture prize.


    The Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) approves the provisional operating regulations submitted by Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG) on 31 December 2003 with some restrictions. Unique appeals against certain stipulations.


    Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG) submits the safety assessment requested by FOCA in relation to the „segmented northern approach route“, the application for which had already been submitted on 31 December 2004.


    Unique informs affected municipalities about its planning application regarding a safety zone plan for runway 28 which it submitted to FOCA in mid-January 2005.


    The Skymetro shuttle now operates in loop mode, increasing the efficiency of the service for passengers even more.


    Contracts for a 100-million government loan and development rights for a new airport in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), India are signed. Unique holds a 17% stake in this project.




    Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG) submits an application to the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) to amend its operating regulations to allow the introduction of a „segmented northern approach route“ with visual final approach.


    The Federal Council passes the revised version of its 2004 report on Swiss civil aviation policy to the Federal Assembly.


    Recertification of environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001.


    First national demonstration against aircraft noise at the Bundesplatz in Berne is attended by around 2,500 protesters.


    More stringent restrictions (relating to minimum weather conditions) come into effect for flight approaches over Germany.


    The instrument landing system on runway 34 commences operation.


    A consortium comprising Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG) and the Chilean company Gestión e Ingeniería IDC S.A. is awarded the contract to manage and operate the international airport on Isla de Margarita, Venezuela.


    The Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) stipulates longer intervals between landings on runway 14 and take-offs on runway 16.


    The Federal Supreme Court upholds the appeal by Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG) against the ruling of the Appeals Commission for Infrastructure and the Environment (REKO/INUM) concerning the reinstatement of the suspensive effect of petitions opposing planning consent for the installation of an instrument landing system on runway 28.


    Official opening of the new Airside Center with 60 commercial units. This completes the 5th expansion stage.


    The new bus terminal opens.


    Three days of special events: around 270,000 visitors experience the exciting new-look airport.


    Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG) issues a detailed position statement in response to the first draft of the Confederation's aviation policy.


    The 3rd phase of the Airport Center opens.

  • 2000 - 2003


    Submission of provisional operating regulations


    Joint federal government, Canton of Zurich and Unique press conference on southern approach routes and mediation


    Car park 3 with 2,700 spaces becomes fully operational


    Dock E and northern section of airport now operational


    The Council of States rejects ratification of the treaty between Switzerland and Germany




    Official naming ceremony for new Dock E (formerly midfield dock)


    The Mannheim administrative court rules against the suspensive effect of the treaty




    Grounding of Swissair fleet


    New operating licence for airport operator Unique comes into force


    First General Meeting of Shareholders of Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG)


    The transport ministers of Germany and Switzerland agree the key points of a treaty concerning flight approaches to Zurich Airport


    Move to new „Unique One“ head office completed




    The application to transfer the new airport operating licence from 1 June 2001 is passed by the Board of Directors and submitted to the federal government.


    The Federal Supreme Court confirms the building permits for the 5th expansion stage, but rejects the noise limits specified by the Federal Council.


    Public offering of 1.3 million registered shares of Flughafen Zürich AG from the capital share of the Canton of Zurich


    The Federal Council approves the Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan (SAIP). The role of Zurich as an intercontinental hub for Switzerland is expressly affirmed.


    Following privatisation of the airport, the Zurich Government Council defines the fundamental principles of airport policy.


    End of the closure of runway 10/28


    Runway 10/28 (west runway) is closed in order to carry out expansion work, temporary changes to the departure regime


    Inauguration of the expanded Fracht Ost cargo handling complex


    Germany announces the termination of the administrative agreement governing flights approaching Zurich Airport over southern German territory from the end of May 2001.


    Changes to take-off and approach routes to comply with the new airways specified by the federal government


    Unique shares are listed in the main segment of the Swiss Exchange


    The Federal Council stipulates noise limits for national airports for the first time.


    Launch of the new airport company under the name Unique


    Completion of merger between Flughafendirektion (Zurich Airport Authority) and Flughafen Immobiliengesellschaft (Airport Real Estate Company, FIG) to form Flughafen Zürich AG. Final General Meeting of FIG.


    Groundbreaking ceremony for the 5th expansion stage in the presence of Government Council member Dr. Ruedi Jeker and Chairman of FIG's Board of Directors Ulrich Bremi.


    Airport Act comes into force


    Start of construction work for 5th expansion stage

  • 1990 - 1999



    Referendum ratifies the privatisation of Zurich Airport


    DETEC grants building permit for midfield dock


    The Zurich Cantonal Council approves the privatisation of Zurich Airport by 99 to 68 votes (60:40%).




    Major celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the airport




    DETEC grants framework concession for 5th expansion stage




    Referendum approves credit facility of CHF 873 million for 5th expansion stage




    New noise charge framework, new categorisations, higher charges


    Jet Aviation licensed as second handling agent for scheduled flights


    Electorate rejects referendum calling for „reasonable volume of air traffic"




    Presentation of first environmental report

  • 1980 - 1989



    Rejection of proposed CHF 57 million credit facility for the expansion of cargo facilities




    Inauguration of new control tower




    Dock A opens


    Renovation of west runway over two and a half months




    Operations Center opens


    Opening of car park A with 2,160 spaces


    Treaty governing landings and take-offs via German airspace




    First landing of a Swissair Airbus A-310




    Construction of Terminal A buildings begins




    Introduction of noise charges


    Referendum approves CHF 48 million credit facility for civil engineering works


    Approval for Category III landings on runway 16


    Opening of SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) train service to the airport

  • 1970 - 1979



    Crossair commences operating




    Approval for Category III landings on runway 14/32


    Underground refuelling system at Terminal B enters service




    Opening of Airport Plaza shopping centre


    Opening of runway 14/32, subsequent renovation of runway 16




    Electorate approves CHF 25.8 million credit facility for renovating runway 16


    Opening of Terminal B with dock and car park B




    Introduction of new approach routes to reduce disturbance from aircraft noise




    Swissair takes over Hangar III




    First landing of a Swissair DC-10


    Opening of car park F with 1,882 parking spaces


    Regulations governing night-time curfew enter into force


    Approval for Category II landings on runway 16




    Completion of 2nd expansion stage: south wing of terminal A


    Construction of Terminal B commences




    Zurich voters approve credit facility of CHF 172 million for 3rd expansion stage


    First landing of a TWA Boeing B-747

  • 1903 - 1969



    Attack on El Al Boeing 720




    Extended runway for blind landings enters service


    Extended west runway enters service




    First Swissair DC-8 flight to New York


    First Swissair Caravelle flight to London




    Amended proposed credit facility of CHF 48 million is approved




    Proposed credit of CHF 74.3 million for 2nd expansion stage is rejected




    Submission of project for 2nd expansion stage




    First panoramic radar system commences operation




    Airport opening ceremony and major air show


    Move into new passenger terminal




    The electorate approves a supplementary credit facility of CHF 18.6 million





    Runway for blind landings opens for operation


    Founding of Flughafen Immobiliengesellschaft (Airport Real Estate Company)


    First takeoffs and landings on west runway




    Construction of the airport commences


    Referendum approves building loan of CHF 36.8 million




    The federal government sells 655 hectares of the military grounds at Kloten to the Canton of Zurich


    A federal decree declares that Zurich is to be the location for an intercontinental airport




    The Zurich Government Council investigates potential sites for a major airport




    First commercial flight from Switzerland to a destination abroad




    First powered flight by the Wright brothers