Passenger traffic increased by nearly 5% to reach a record level of almost 12 million passengers for the year. At the same time, total movements increased by only 2.74%. Cargo business grew by almost a third.
During 2010, Geneva International Airport (GVA) welcomed 11,880,398 passengers, thereby achieving growth of 4.91% compared with 2009. This historic record of passenger volume is all the more remarkable given that in 2010 the Airport was faced with several days of closure because of the ash cloud and snow. The weather problems that other European airports encountered also affected the volume of traffic in Geneva significantly. In addition, significant traffic restrictions as a result of social movements in the air traffic control sector in Europe also affected volumes adversely.
Without these unforeseeable factors, GVA would have seen in excess of 12 million passengers in 2010, a major threshold in the Airport’s development.
Over the same period, total movements (take offs and landings) increased by only 2.74%, from 172,671 in 2009 to 177,400 in 2010. This lesser growth of movements relative to the number of passengers is explained by companies adjusting capacity better to meet demand and also by improved load factors.
Low-cost airline easyJet confirmed its leading position in Geneva with a market share of 36%, followed by Swiss with a 15% market share. Then come Lufthansa (6%), Air France (5.5%) and British Airways (5.5%).
In terms of the number of passengers carried, easyJet shows an increase of 8.38%. Swiss shows a 21.98% increase in the number of passengers carried, a trend consistent with the airline’s ambitions for development in French-speaking Switzerland as announced by its management.
The leading destinations from Geneva in terms of passenger numbers are still, in order, London, Paris, Zurich, Amsterdam, and Brussels.
The cargo sector is also experiencing remarkable development. With 39,243 tonnes of air freight and 21,538 tonnes of road haulage, total cargo business grew by 32.39% to 60,781 tonnes.