Geneva airport sets new passenger record

Geneva airport sets new passenger record
Photo: Geneva International Airport
The Geneva airport set a new record for passengers last year, according to figures released on Monday.

The airport said 14.4 million passengers passed through Cornavin in 2013, a 3.9 percent rise over the year earlier.

The annual growth, however, was smaller than that seen in the two previous years, with a 5.8 percent increase in volume recorded in 2012 and a 10.5 percent jump in 2011.

The higher volume of passengers occurred despite a two percent drop in passenger aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings) to 188,768, the airport said in a news release.

The figures confirm the Cointrin’s regional importance and are better than those announced by other airports in “Old Europe”, the airport said.

The slowdown in passenger growth “confirmed a global trend toward a downturn in growth,” Robert Deillon, director general of the Geneva airport said in a statement.

But for Pierre Maudet, Geneva cabinet minister and head of the Geneva airtport’s board of directors, the fact there was any growth was “excellent news” for the canton.

The fact that there were fewer aircraft movements meant that planes were more efficiently used with a beneficial impact on the Geneva area’s environment, the airport said.

British-based low-cost carrier EasyJet continued to carry the most passengers into and out of the airport with a 41.5 per cent share of traffic, followed by Swiss (14.5 percent), its parent company Lufthansa (5.2 percent) and British Airways (4.8 percent).

The airport is set to release its financial results on March 17th.

Zurich airport, Switzerland’s largest, has yet to report traffic figures for 2013.

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