Geneva Airport’s « Terrasse Panorama » was officially opened on Wednesday 22 September 2021. It offers an ideal viewpoint of the tarmac and since opening its doors at the end of June has already welcomed over 20'000 visitors.
The « Terrasse Panorama » was initially planned to mark the 100th anniversary of Geneva Airport in September 2020. Health restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic pushed its opening and inauguration back by a year. The opening was finally able to take place on Wednesday 22 September 2021 with Serge Dal Busco, President of the State Council and State Councillor for the Department of Infrastructure, Corine Moinat, President of the Geneva Airport Administrative Council, and André Schneider, Director General of Geneva Airport, in attendance.
Overlooking the tarmac, the « Terrasse Panorama » offers an incredible view of the runway with the Jura chain in the background. Open since 24 June on the 4th floor of Terminal 1, over 20'000 people have already visited including not just plane spotters and passengers, but also, some of the people of Geneva. André Schneider, Director General, explained, « Geneva Airport hasn’t had a public terrace since the 2000s. I am pleased to offer a new tourist attraction in the canton of Geneva and to the inhabitants of the region. This is a project which is very close to my heart. »
Serge Dal Busco, President of the State Council and State Councillor for the Department of Infrastructure stated, « this terrace provides a close up view of the complex mechanics of an airport. I am sure that our fellow citizens will recognise the important role played by Geneva Airport in the canton and beyond its borders. »
Free of charge until the end of 2021, the terrace can be reached after passing through a specific security check. There is a cafe on-site which provides snacks and refreshments. Visitors can also access a projection room airing films on Geneva Airport and its century-old history!
Lift in Arrivals in the main building (T1), 4th floor
Entry after passing through a specific security check. Baggage not permitted (if you are travelling, check-in beforehand).
Peak season (1 May - 31 October): Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 until 19:00 (last entry at 18:00)
Low season (1 November - 14 March): closed
Midseason (15 March - 30 April): Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 until 17:00 (last entry at 16:00)
Press kit and downloadable photos available on http://newsroom.gva.ch/en/new-public-terrace/