Genève Aéroport has officially opened festivities for its centenary anniversary during a ceremony in the old terminal, attended by Serge Dal Busco, Councillor of State in charge of the Department of Infrastructure. The airport is now wearing its new visual identity, creating a festive and colourful atmosphere.
Genève Aéroport is a hundred years old ! Things have changed a great deal for Cointrin airport since 11 October 1919 and the Grand Council of Geneva’s vote in favour of constructing an « air field » in Meyrin. To celebrate this adventure, Genève Aéroport along with its employees and partners has put together a rich programme of circa twenty events.
Reflecting the locals’ affection for their airport, the slogan « Our airport, my history » will be used throughout the festivities.
Four hundred guests relived 100 years of history and passion through archive images and old films in the old terminal. « Genève Aéroport is a gateway to International Geneva. Without the airport, our city would not have been able to shine in the world as the second-largest site of the United Nations », declared Serge Dal Busco, Councillor of State in charge of the Department of Infrastructure. « The biggest names have travelled through Genève Aéroport to get to international institutions and deal with global affairs », recalled Corine Moinat, President of the Board of Directors.
A highlight of the ceremony was the performance by violinist Fabrizio von Arx. Last September, the video of his spontaneous concert in the airport went viral. On this occasion, he delighted guests by playing his genuine Stradivarius violin.
The celebrations expanded into the airport, decorated in its new centenary visual identity, which was designed by a student at Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) and selected following a contest launched by the airport. Against this festive and colourful backdrop, passengers enjoyed animation throughout the day, in the form of yoga sessions, massages, magic and circus workshops, concerts and more.
A fascinating documentary
retracing Genève Aéroport’s fabulous adventure was also screened in the press room. It will be shown again at various events, exchanges and meetings throughout the year. « The year 2020 will be a very special year for both the airport and local residents. In a few months’ time, they’ll be able to enjoy a new terrace with an excellent view over the runway », commented André Schneider, Director General.
Madeleine von Holzen, spokesperson
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