Work on the East Wing of Genève Aéroport was completed a year later than scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This pioneering building, as a result of its durability and technology, will be officially inaugurated on 14 December. It is home to six gate positions, mostly for large aircraft.
The East Wing, which has been fully financed by Genève Aéroport, aims to improve the passenger reception from continental and intercontinental flights whilst meeting current standards. It will replace the temporary large aircraft hall that was built in 1975 and is now outdated both technically and environmentally as well as in terms of passenger reception.
The East Wing concept improves the airport's energy balance through incorporating state-of-the-art technologies. The terminal’s thermal insulation is ensured using high-performance triple-glazed facades, equipped with specific sun protection for the summer months.
Electricity is produced using 3’400 solar panels (approx. 7’000m²). Energy neutrality is ensured due to the combination of the solar power plant, advanced building insulation and high-efficiency heat pumps. The latter will initially produce and store thermal energy using 110 geothermal probes. The future connection with the GeniLac network will reinforce this 100% renewable energy source.
The construction of the East Wing was carried out between 2017 and 2021 but the preparatory work lasted nearly five years. The 520m long metal building has an industrial, rectangular design and can accommodate nearly 2’800 passengers per hour at departures and 3’000 at arrivals. The cost of the East Wing – amounting to 610 million Swiss Francs – includes the East Wing building, the customs road, construction and demolition of the GP+, INAD Nord as well as the GeniLac preparatory work. This unique construction contributes to the international influence of Geneva and the wider region.
The official inauguration will take place on Tuesday, 14 December 2021. On this day, SWISS will operate a flight between Geneva and New York.