Zurich Airport is the leading international airport not only of the city, but also of its country Switzerland. Situated 13km from city centre, it is also recognised by many as Zurich Kloten Airport or Flughafen Zurich in German. The airport’s history dates back to 1903, when the famous Wright brothers took off on a powered flight from the airport’s grounds. Following this, 1921 saw the airport’s first commercial flight launched; and the airport has since undergone extensive developments and upgrades into the world-class gateway it is today. Hosting countless airlines from both international and domestic realms, Zurich Airport is no doubt Switzerland’s main gateway to the world.
The airport today hosts flights from its two bustling terminals which are efficiently interconnected. Ample check-in counters are available within both terminals, but passengers seeking to avoid the queues can head to the self-check-in facilities to speed up their departing processes. The airport also operates three gates; while gates A and B are conveniently located within walking distance from the check-in zones, the last gate C is a short ride away on Zurich Airport’s very accessible and frequent Skymetro. Both terminals cater to all flights and airlines, regardless of international or regional destinations; so do check your allocated terminal prior to arriving at the airport.
Services and Facilities
Passengers will not be bored at Zurich Airport, given its extensive amenities. All passengers are entitled to 60 minutes of complimentary WiFi access throughout the airport, allowing them ample time to connect across the world back home. Also, lounges of varying airlines and organisations provide passengers with opportunities for rest and relaxation before their flight.
The airport has many family-friendly activities, especially for young travellers. Observation deck B is one such highlight, where passengers can be part of the runway action as they observe pilots skilfully manoeuvre aircraft from their cockpits.
Passengers can also find a wide selection of varied amenities across the airport’s premises. From tax and duty free affordable shopping, to personal shoppers enhancing your retail experience; from dental to veterinary services; refreshing shower facilities and informative travel agencies, banking services and porter services, and ample dining options; whatever your need may be, Zurich Airport has it covered.
Zurich Airport also caters to passengers who require special assistance with personalised accompaniment by a Careport member from the passenger’s arrival at the airport up to the steps of the aircraft. Should you wish to enjoy such services, do make the necessary arrangements along with your booking in advance.
Zurich airport also has its very own mobile app which passengers can download to receive exclusive information about the airport’s happenings as well as flight details.
Airport or nearby transit hotels
Arriving on a red eye flight or departing in the wee hours of the morning? No problem! Within the proximity of Zurich Airport, passengers can find a wide selection of accommodation to suit their depending on their budget. Most of these accommodation provide complimentary shuttle services to get you to the airport in time as well, and are highly specialised in hosting transit passengers looking for a comfortable night’s rest while on a layover in Switzerland. Some such recommended accommodation include Best Western Airport Hotel, Movenpick Hotel Zurich Airport and Holiday Inn Express Zurich Airport.