The switch to winter time goes hand in hand with the entry into force of the new flight schedule, which features a number of brand new destinations and new carriers flying existing routes. In all, 53 carriers will fly to 114 airports until the summer.
On 26 October 2014, at 3 a.m., Genevans set their clocks back one hour and Genève Aéroport introduced its new flight schedule and its winter destinations. As of that date, Geneva will be connected to several new cities, among them Aberdeen (easyJet), Cluj (Wizz Air) and Leipzig/Halle (Etihad Regional). In addition, new routes launched in the final months of the summer season will be maintained: Baku (Azerbaijan Airlines), Istanbul-Sabiha (Pegasus Airlines) and Belgrade (Etihad Regional).
Airports that were traditionally reached from Geneva on certain airlines are now connected to it by other operators. Examples are Bristol and Thomas Cook, Edinburgh and Jet 2, Göteborg and SAS, London Gatwick and Thomas Cook, Naples and Meridiana, and Vienna and easyJet. The routes opened in the summer have been confirmed, namely Belgrade, Bordeaux, Düsseldorf, Marseille, Nice, Toulouse, Venice and Zurich with Etihad Regional, Copenhagen and Rome FCO with SWISS, and Hamburg with easyJet. In all, Geneva will be connected during the winter months to 114 destinations, via routes operated by 53 airlines.
Traditionally, Genève Aéroport is very busy during the winter, thanks to its geographical situation at the gateway to the French and Swiss Alps. An estimated one million skiers land in Geneva each year between Christmas and the end of the ski season. During that period, many travellers also come from the airport’s catchment area (the French-speaking cantons, neighbouring German-speaking cantons, the French departments around the border and northern Italy), in search of the sun or a change of scene.
In this regard, travellers are reminded that the airport’s parking lots can fill to overflowing during the school holidays. You can check their occupancy rate on the website www.gva.ch/parkings or via the free application GVApp. You can also reserve a parking space using the ResaPark service. Travellers are strongly recommended to leave their cars at home if at all possible and to travel to the airport on public transportation (train or bus, see www.gva.ch/transports).
Attention: starting on 27 October 2014, as part of the ongoing renovation work on the platforms in front of the terminal building, the P2 short-term parking lot (at the Arrivals level) will be closed to the public for several months. Short-term parking spaces will be made available at level -1 of the main P1 parking lot, under the terminal building. Drivers are invited to follow the signs indicating the new routes.