FOCA and Geneva start the preparatory work for Genève Aéroport’s SPAI specification


15.03.2013

The Federal Office for Civil Aviation (FOCA) launched the process yesterday of drawing up the Sectoral Plan for Aviation Infrastructure (SPIA) specification for Genève Aéroport. The purpose of this process is, on the one hand, to define the framework for the operation and development of Genève Aéroport’s infrastructure up to 2030 and, on the other hand, to ensure consistency with the master plan for the Canton of Geneva. The drafting of the specification will take several years, during which FOCA will conduct a regular dialogue with the authorities in Geneva and with Genève Aéroport.

The Sectoral Plan for Aviation Infrastructure (SPAI) is, for spatial planning purposes, the Confederation’s civil aviation planning instrument. The Federal Council defined the objectives of the plan back in 2000. By doing so, the Council sets strategic orientation and confirms the national importance of Genève Aéroport. More specifically, the SPAI specification will provide a mandatory definition for Genève Aéroport of, in particular, the general conditions for its operation, the airport perimeter, infrastructure, the noise register, the limitation area for obstacles to air navigation, or the protection of nature and the landscape. It will have to be adopted by the Federal Council.

FOCA launched yesterday, in the presence of representatives of the Canton and of Genève Aéroport, the coordination process necessary for drawing up the SPAI specification for Genève Aéroport. It will be the job of this working group, composed of representatives of the Confederation, the canton and the airport, to consider Genève Aéroport’s development projects relating to construction and operation, and to assess their impact on the surrounding areas. The objective is to enable the airport to carry out in complete safety its mission to serve national interests. The SPAI specification also delineates the canton’s margin for manoeuvre in terms of spatial planning, especially in relation to noise abatement issues.

Drawing up this specification requires regular consultation with the federal agencies concerned, the canton of Geneva and Genève Aéroport. These matters have been the subject of various parliamentary statements in the canton of Geneva, which will ensure that the public is kept informed on a regular basis about how the project is progressing. The process will take several years.