Inauguration of the new frontal departure lounges


The Management of Geneva International Airport announces:

Tuesday 14 December 2004 saw the official inauguration of Geneva International Airport’s new frontal departure lounges in the presence of Moritz Leuenberger, Swiss Federal Councillor, and Carlo Lamprecht, State Councillor and Chairman of the Management Board of Geneva International Airport. This is the last phase of the terminal alterations scheduled under the master plan in the context of the1996-2005 investment program.

The first phase of the works to be carried out under the ten-year master plan started in 1998 with the construction of the West wing, commissioned in July 2000, with five airbridged aircraft stands.

The second phase was to be completed in three stages.

Stage one was the commissioning in December 2000 of the connecting building between the West wing and the future frontal departure lounges, with one aircraft stand. In parallel, an operations building, grouping most of the airport services relating to operational activities of both the Airport itself (aircraft location, air police, statistics) and of its partners (assistance agents, Skyguide, MétéoSwiss), also opened its doors in December 2000.

Stage two consisted of the construction of the first two frontal departure lounges, to be used for national and international flights, with two aircraft stands, commissioned in July 2003.

Stage three will culminate in the commissioning, on 21 December 2004, of the last two frontal departure lounges, to be used especially for flights to and from France in compliance with the Franco-Swiss agreement of 1956, also with two aircraft stands. At the same time, the tarmac level of the sector dedicated to services to and from France was reorganised, and now offers in particular four gates for bussed boarding of planes parked away from the terminal.

The new terminal front now offers a total of ten aircraft stands, as against the previous seven. The investments needed for these works, and also for the ancillary works - a tunnel from satellite 20, aircraft power supplies, new security control installations etc. - come to over 400 million francs, entirely self-financed by Geneva International Airport. And all this has been done within the timeframes laid down and strictly within budget.

Geneva International Airport is proud to be able to provide all the airlines, all its partners involved in stopover assistance - and all passengers, of course - with ultra-modern, functional and comfortable installations.