Lausanne 2020 and Genève Aéroport have formalised today their partnership aimed at providing an unforgettable welcome experience to the 1,880 athletes and their companions who will travel to Switzerland from 9 to 22 January 2020. To mark this partnership, a tarmac bus bearing the Lausanne 2020 colours has been inaugurated and will carry thousands of passengers between now and the start of the Games.
Next January, young athletes and their companions from more than 70 countries will enter Switzerland via Genève Aéroport, before heading to Vortex, the Youth Olympic Village located in the heart of the Dorigny university campus in Lausanne. The arrival in Geneva will mark the beginning of the Lausanne 2020 experience for them; it will set the tone for the rest of their Olympic adventure.
This partnership will enable a mutual communication between both parties not only in the coming months, but also during the Games, to provide a unique experience for athletes and spectators upon their arrival.
The official launch of the partnership was also the occasion to inaugurate a “Lausanne 2020” tarmac bus, which, for several weeks now, has been attracting attention at the airport by putting passengers into the atmosphere of the Youth Olympic Games. André Schneider, General Manager of Genève Aéroport and Ian Logan, General Manager of the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee, took the opportunity to express their common wish to offer an unforgettable welcome to the athletes, supporters and spectators of the Youth Games.
Ian Logan, General Manager of Lausanne 2020: “Genève Aéroport will be the official gateway for an entire region, from neighbouring France to Champéry, via the Vallée de Joux, Lausanne and the Vaud Alps. This arrival point will mark the first page but also the last moments of the athletes’ and their companions’ stay in Switzerland. We must give them the best possible welcome, highlight Swiss hospitable expertise and immerse them in the Lausanne 2020 experience as soon as they arrive. By combining our organisational and communication efforts with Genève Aéroport’s logistical excellence through this partnership, this is precisely what we achieve.”
André Schneider, General Manager of Genève Aéroport: “What seduced us in this partnership was to support a project with an international influence, combining youth with a French-speaking Swiss dimension, in view of the competitions that will take place in various cantons as well as in neighbouring France. The Youth Olympic Games, that integrate new sports disciplines, are a form of laboratory, an interesting visionary experience that Genève Aéroport, a key player at the service of the region, is particularly happy to encourage and support.”
About Lausanne 2020
The Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games will take place from 9 to 22 January 2020 with 1,880 athletes (15-18 years old) from more than 80 countries. The competitions will take place in the cantons of Vaud (Lausanne, La Vallée de Joux, Leysin, les Diablerets, Villars), Valais (Champéry), Grisons (Saint-Moritz) and neighbouring France (Les Rousses).
About Genève Aéroport
Created in 1920, Genève Aéroport is one of the oldest airport hubs in Europe and will celebrate its centenary next year. An autonomous public institution since 1994, it employs more than 1,000 staff, hosts nearly 200 companies and its airport platform has nearly 11,000 employees.
In 2018, 17.7 million passengers transited through Genève Aéroport. Today, Geneva and its region are connected to 148 destinations, served by 57 airlines. Increasingly favouring long-haul flights, the institution donates half of its profits to the State of Geneva.