SIAA - Press Release


22.11.2011

The Swiss International Airports Association (SIAA) opposes the authorities’ initiative "No to the construction of new and expansion of existing runways" and also the counter-proposal. The acceptance of either of those proposals would inevitably lead to a major limitation of the development capacity of Zurich Airport, Switzerland’s largest international airport hub.

The intention of the authorities’ initiative, as submitted to the People on 27 November in the canton of Zurich, is to ban the construction of new and the expansion of existing runways. The counter-proposal would also require a u-turn on the routes opened after 2000 and that overfly densely populated areas.

With approximately 24,000 employees, Zurich Flughafen is a major economic player as the largest International airport hub in Switzerland. As such, Zurich Airport meets an important need of the Confederation. It ensures that Switzerland is properly connected to economic centres in European and the world. However, at peak periods, there are already times when Zurich Airport is operating at full capacity, and it is also subject to major approach constraints. Acceptance of either of the proposals would jeopardize still further Zurich Airport’s development capacity.

Robert Deillon, President of SIAA: "It must be possible to improve the runway systems so that airports can continue in the future to offer Switzerland a good network of connections with foreign countries." For this reason, the SIAA recommends a 2x No vote in this poll.

The Swiss International Airports Association (SIAA) has as its members the operators of EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Bern-Belp airport, Zurich Flughafen, Genève Aéroport, Lugano Airport, and the People's Business Airport St.Gallen-Altenrhein.

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