Zurich airport should be enlarged

The CEO of Swiss International Air Lines, Harry Hohmeister, has called for Zurich airport to be expanded to deal with economic growth.

This content was published on June 12, 2011 - 13:00
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Hohmeister told the SonntagsZeitung newspaper that the international airport was essential for the landlocked country if it wanted access to the “globalised world”.

He said the current infrastructure at the airport was insufficient to deal with future economic growth in Switzerland.

The head of the airline, which is owned by Germany’s Lufthansa, said a night ban on flights and limitations on planes using the flight path over southern Germany were counterproductive.

Germany banned night and weekend flights en route to Zurich airport over parts of its southern territory in 2003. The development forced Zurich airport to redirect flights to its southern runway, passing over parts of the city and other densely populated areas of Switzerland.

Hohmeister added that plans to build another runway should not be shelved.

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