Aéroport Genève Aile Est The new East End dedicated to intercontinental traffic at Geneva-Cointrin (Photo: Geneva Airport. Copyright Joas Souza)

Air traffic at Geneva Cointrin

remained marked by the Covid 19 pandemic in 2021. Geneva Airport welcomed 5.92 million passengers in 2021 compared to 5.60 million passengers in 2020. This is 5.8% more than in 2020 but 67% less passenger traffic than in 2019. That year, the airport reached an all-time high of 17.926 million passengers.

The recovery in traffic is due to a rebound in demand in the second half of the year. The increase was particularly noticeable in July and August and good passenger volume until November with the appearance of the omicron variant. In the first half of the year, the number of passengers had barely reached 13% of the pre-crisis volume.

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number of destinations served reached 139, a slight decrease. But the airport notes that long-haul traffic has returned to all its pre-pandemic destinations. At the end of the year, the airport recovered all its transatlantic routes. The latest announcement: Qatar Airways, which will return in March. Long-haul passengers will benefit from the brand new East Wing, inaugurated in December.

This wing, which replaces the wide-body pavilion, will increase airport capacity. With a length of 520 m, it can accommodate nearly 2,800 passengers per hour for departures, 3,000 for arrivals and five wide-body aircraft for contact. Construction took five years, with significant physical constraints due to the small footprint of the airport, squeezed between the city and the French border.

As for the airlines, Easyjet remains number one with a 47.8% market share, followed by Swiss with 9.2%. Air France and British Airways are neck and neck (4.2% each). Next come Iberia (3.9%), KLM (3%), TAP Air Portugal (2.5%), Emirates (2.3%), Lufthansa (2.2%) and Turkish Airlines (2.1%). The three most popular destinations from Geneva were Porto (35 569 passengers), Madrid (35 266) and London-Heathrow (34 127).