Slight rise in passenger numbers and decrease in aircraft movements in 2019


14.01.2020

In 2019, passengers travelling through Genève Aéroport rose by 1.4% while the number of the aircraft movements dropped by 0.6%. Unscheduled take-offs after 22:00 saw a significant reduction of 15.5%.  

Genève Aéroport was visited by 17'926'625 passengers in 2019, that is, 1.4% more than in 2018. This figure again shows the slowing upward trend in passenger numbers compared with last year. In 2018, passenger traffic in the airport was up 1.9% on 2017. 

At the same time, the total number of take-offs and landings dropped by 0.6% to 186'043 movements. From 2017 to 2018, the number of aircraft movements fell by 1.9%. These figures again show the difference between the evolution of passenger numbers and aircraft movements. The decisions made by airlines operating from the airport regarding their fleet contribute to this trend. Larger aircrafts paired with filling more seats on planes (an average of 124 passengers per aircraft compared with 97 in 2010) explain this phenomenon. 

The Bombardier CSeries, A320neo, A350 and Boeing 787, which are less noisy and less polluting, also help limit noise emissions. In 2019, 18.7% of airplanes operating from the airport were classed as category 5 (the least noisy), compared with 13.7% in 2018.
 
Reduction in night-time movements
 
In 2019, Genève Aéroport recorded a significant drop in movements after 22:00 of 5.2% (-3% for landings and -15.5% for take-offs). This fall can be explained in part by the airport’s and airlines’ efforts in this area. In October 2019, Genève Aéroport, easyJet and SWISS signed a joint declaration aiming to reduce unscheduled take-offs from the airport after 22:00, the most sensitive time for local residents.

Aircraft punctuality has also been analysed. Airplanes were, in fact, more timely over the past 12 months. In terms of departures, 73.5% of flights were delayed by no more than 15 minutes in 2019, compared with 70.9% in 2018. The equivalent figures for arrivals are 76.6% in 2019 compared with 74.70% in 2018.

Freight activity down
 
Air freight activity from the airport fell by 10.9% to 84'927 tonnes over the past 12 months. Between 2017 and 2018, it had increased by 7.1%. The drop in transit freight activity, connected to the  international economic landscape, is one of the main reasons for this. Export freight, the gauge of the health of the regional economy, resisted well, with a moderate reduction of 3.7%. 

The destinations served by Genève Aéroport, which currently stands at 149, has been enhanced. New long-haul flights, notably between Geneva and Nairobi, inaugurated in June 2019 by Kenya Airways, has improved the region’s connectivity at an international level. 

The airlines holding the top ten places in terms of market share are easyJet (44.8%), SWISS (14.0%), British Airways (5.0%), Air France (4.1%), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (2.5%), Iberia (2.2%), TAP Portugal (2.2%), Brussels Airlines (2.2%), Lufthansa (1.8%) and Emirates (1.7%).

The annual report, financial figures for 2019 and the list of destinations will be available to the public on 25 March 2020. 

 

PRESS CONTACT  

Genève Aéroport
Madeleine von Holzen, spokesperson
madeleine.vonholzen@gva.ch | T +41 22 717 70 13
 

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