As of 1 December 2020 for an undefined period, the French Sector will be closed for processing passengers. The Franco-Swiss Joint Committee* has authorised this measure on a temporary basis, with flights to French cities being handled on the Swiss side of the airport. Baggage check-in, security checks and flight boarding will therefore be carried out in the main part of the airport. Information screens and displays have been put in place to help passengers.
This measure, put in place in response to the health crisis, will have no impact on car rental companies on the French side of the airport, which will remain available to customers; nor will it have an impact on passengers with a ticket to another destination and arriving via Route douanière. The use of Route douanière and car parks on the French side will remain possible. For passengers arriving from France, there will be no changes to normal operations. However, tax refunds on the French side will no longer be possible at Genève Aéroport.
n more concrete terms, the new routes for passengers will be as follows:
- Passengers arriving from Switzerland and flying to France can check in their baggage at the check-in counters in Switzerland, go up to level 1 to go through security checks and board via boarding gate A or D (gate number displayed on the information screens).
- Passengers arriving from France via Route douanière should go past the check-in desks in the French Sector and follow the « Switzerland » signs. Passengers then go past the « Arrival » baggage collection on the Swiss side, go through the baggage collection exit door and up to the check-in. After checking in, passengers go to level 1 to go through security checks and board via boarding gate A or D (gate number displayed on the information screens).
The temporary closure of the French Sector is part of additional economic measures for operations. For several months, Genève Aéroport has been facing a significant drop in traffic following the COVID-19 health crisis, particularly this autumn.
*The Franco-Swiss Joint Committee is made up of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), the Prefecture of Ain and the Swiss and French customs authorities.