Christmas holidays: passenger advice


19.12.2019

The Christmas holidays are a busy time at Genève Aéroport. You may experience traffic jams in the car parks or long queues at the check-in desks and security. Here is some advice to make your airport experience run as smoothly as possible this Christmas.


FLIGHT STATUS
Passengers can check their flight status on our website www.gva.ch, on our free app GVApp or with their airline, and are advised to arrive at least two hours before their scheduled flight time.   
 
TRAVELLING TO THE AIRPORT
Road access to the airport will be disturbed due to redevelopment work at the Grand-Saconnex Motorway Junction. You can consult the traffic changes scheduled for this month here.

In general, Genève Aéroport recommends passengers take public transport to the airport: train, Léman Express, shuttles, regular regional coach connections (Annecy, Chamonix/St-Gervais, Chambéry, Grenoble, Lyon, etc.) and Geneva bus services (5, 10, 23, 28, 56, 57, 59, 66, V, Aérobus). The airport is connected to Swiss and European train lines. Find out more on our website www.gva.ch/transports. Please click here to compare the different means of transport that connect with the airport. 

The drop-off area is at Departures (on the first floor). Drivers taking passengers to the airport should follow the signs for « Kiss & Fly ».

Passengers who have to travel to the airport by car can reserve a parking space at the ResaPark area. It is easy to reserve your place online at www.gva.ch/ResaPark.

Passengers leaving their car at Genève Aéroport can check the availability of the car parks on www.gva.ch/parkings or on the free app GVApp. The app is compatible with Apple Watch.
We also offer an official valet service

Please remember that access to the French Sector from the Swiss Sector or vice versa is only authorised for passengers with a boarding card (or reservation) for a flight on the day, the day before or the day after travel for both departures and arrivals at Genève Aéroport. Access to the car rental companies is also subject to this rule.
 
CHECK-IN
Some airlines enable passengers to check in luggage online or at the «Express Check-in» counters in the terminal, before dropping off their luggage at the correct desk. 
For some flights, passengers can check in the day before departure. For further information, passengers can consult the website of their airline or the page www.gva.ch/checkin.
 
PRIORITY LANE
To make going through security easy and to save time, you can purchase access to the Priority Lane at www.gva.ch/pl.

REDEVELOPMENT OF SECURITY 
Security is currently being redeveloped. At international departures, passengers will be asked to show their boarding card before reaching the waiting area. Tickets will be scanned by a member of staff. Passengers can then join the queue for security without having to show their boarding card again. In the French Sector, similar checks are in place at the end of the waiting area.
 
HAND LUGGAGE
To avoid being held up at security, we would like to remind passengers that dangerous or sharp items are not permitted in their hand luggage.
Liquids, sprays and other gels must be in their own containers of no more than 100 ml and must be carried in a transparent, plastic bag with total capacity of up to one litre.

UNATTENDED LUGGAGE
Genève Aéroport kindly asks passengers to keep their luggage with them at all times. Abandoned luggage causes disruption and long waiting times at the airport.

PLANT PRODUCTS: NEW LEGISLATION 
From 1st January 2020, importing plants, fruits, vegetables, cut flowers and seeds from countries outside the European Union is prohibited. Passengers can hand over these products to customs (« Goods to declare ») upon their arrival at Genève Aéroport, where they will be destroyed free of charge.
 
OFFSET CO2 EMISSIONS
In collaboration with the organisation protecting the climate, myclimate, Genève Aéroport offers its passengers the opportunity to offset the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of their flight.

Have a good flight!