Taking stock of 2004: an “encouraging” year for Geneva International Airport


When they introduced the Annual report of Geneva International Airport for 2004 to the press on Tuesday, 7 June 2005, Carlo Lamprecht, State Counsellor and Chairman of the Airport Management Board, and Jean-Pierre Jobin, its General Manager, spoke of an “encouraging” year, in which passenger traffic had continued to grow with concomitant satisfactory financial results.

At the same time, they introduced Geneva International Airport’s third Environmental Report, which contained an assessment of action taken during the period 2002-2004 and a list of environmental commitments for 2005-2007.

Increase in passenger traffic
With an annual growth in passenger traffic of 6.2%, Geneva International Airport was close to the world average. More than 8.5 million passengers passed through Geneva Airport, a result achieved thanks both to the “low cost” airlines, and also to the “traditional” companies. The arrival of new carriers and the opening of new routes has helped to boost the range of destinations from Geneva by direct flights.

For air cargo too, there was a slight increase for the second year running with, in particular, an increase in the number of flights for humanitarian purposes, entirely consistent with our city’s purpose in life.

In December 2004, Geneva International Airport put into service the second part of its new frontal departure lounges, to be used particularly by flights to and from France, thus completing the second stage of the master plan for the alterations to the terminal decided on in 1995 by the Management Board of the Airport. In total, in less than ten years, some 500 million francs will have been invested, from the Airport’s own funds and strictly to budget and within the deadlines set.

Environmental Report
By presenting its third Environmental Report, Geneva International Airport is keeping to the commitments made in 1997 when the Environmental Management System (EMS) was instituted. The EMS requires the Airport to make an assessment at regular intervals of action taken within the framework of its Environmental Charter, and to propose further action for the next three years.

According to the assessment for the period 2002-2004, the commitments made were honoured in all areas. New specific action was decided on for the years 2005-2007, when the Airport will also be certified to ISO standard 14001:2004.