At its meeting of 22 June 2001, the Board of Directors of Geneva International Airport was informed of the project to create a regional express rail (RER) network including the La Praille - Les Eaux Vives section.
This project, which is being run by the Council of State, fits in with the desire to bring the benefits of a fast and comfortable RER-type service to a large population catchment area centred around Geneva, without regard to frontiers.
The construction of the network is of the utmost interest to Geneva International Airport which, in line with the commitments entered into when its Federal operating franchise was renewed, wishes to encourage passengers and also employees to use public transport to travel to the Airport.
The La Praille - Les Eaux-Vives section is the missing link in the France-Le Vaud-Geneva rail network, a key element of which was the addition of the Cornavin-Cointrin section put into service in 1987. Geneva International Airport points out that the Swiss Railways projected extension of this addition towards Versoix would also improve rail connections to the Airport.
Geneva International Airport wishes to intensify its collaboration with the Swiss Railways and is lending its unreserved support to the RER project, which it would like to see completed as soon as possible by the Council of State with the help of the Confederation and Swiss Railways.