The CAP2030 project, which will eventually replace the main terminal (T1 from 1968) at Geneva Airport, is taking off. Genève Aéroport has decided to award the contract for the CAP2030 project to Losinger-Marazzi-Bouygues (LMB). With work due to start in 2026, including the creation of an ambitious bus-train-car-bike-airplane interchange, this first stage should be completed in 2032.
CAP2030 is the cornerstone of Genève Aéroport's investments over the next few years. The goals are multiple: meeting standards, offering more space and comfort for users and employees and eliminating the saturation of our infrastructure, improving the transfer of passenger modal shares (continuing to increase the use of public transport) with an adapted infrastructure, reinforcing commercial capacity and being exemplary in terms of energy efficiency are the basis of an investment currently estimated at some CHF 600 million, to give Geneva an airport that lives up to its reputation.
The main feature of the CAP2030 project, associated with the creation of a new modal platform with the SBB, is the construction of new areas while maintaining the continuity of current operations.
Over the course of a year, three projects competed for the first stage of the terminal upgrade through parallel study mandates (MEP). At the end of these mandates, the projects were subjected to a meticulous evaluation based on precise analyses formalized by nearly 60 experts from within and outside Genève Aéroport, as well as experts from the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). This decision is based on the unanimous recommendation of the jury and was presented to the Geneva Airport Board of Directors at its meeting on 31 October 2023. The award of the contract may be appealed by the parties whose project was not selected.
The award of this design-build contract marks the implementation of this strategic project. Named CAP2030, this project is the first stage in the replacement of the main terminal (T1). The current building, constructed in 1968, will reach an advanced state of disrepair by 2040 and lead to major difficulties in operating this ageing infrastructure.
This first stage will take the form of a 40,000 square metre extension to the forecourt on the motorway side, freeing up space for the second stage. This will enable check-in, security control and part of baggage arrival to be moved to this architectural achievement from 2032. In a second phase, the option will be taken to renovate or rebuild the remaining part of the existing terminal, while maintaining operational activities.
Partnership with SBB
The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) support the project and have agreed in principle to the creation of the new multimodal platform in 2019. To adapt the terminal, public transport will have to be relocated above the railway station, and the upper floors of the station will have to be demolished. The demolished areas will be replaced by Genève Aéroport, and the shopping arcade will be unified. As a result, passengers will be able to benefit from efficient connections with public transport, as well as a continuous journey, with a coherent retail offer and design.