The Geneva International Airport is the international air service hub of Geneva, one of the leading commercial centres Switzerland. It is located four kilometres north-west of the Geneva central business district, and is partly located in Meyrin and Le Grand-Saconnex. Previously called Caintrin Airport and officially Geneve Aeroport, the Geneva International Airport serves at least 14 million passengers every year, with almost 200,000 recorded aircraft movements. It serves as a hub for easyJet Switzerland, Etihad Regional, and Swiss International Airlines, and is operated and owned by the City of Geneva.
The airport has two main terminals, aptly named T1 and T2. Terminal 1, also known as Main Terminal (M) is divided into 5 piers named A, B, C, D, and F. All of the gates at Pier A, and some of the gates at Pier D are dedicated Schengen gates, while gates at Pier B, C, and some at Pier D, are used for flights to destinations outside the Schengen area. Moreover, the airport has a single concrete runway, the longest in Switzerland, has a length of 3,900 meters or 12,975 feet, making it open to use by aircraft of all sizes. Adjacent to the commercial runway is a smaller, parallel, grass runway for light aircraft.
Airlines that travel to the destination include Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Aeroflot by Rossiya, Air France, Air Malta, Alitalia, Air China, British Airways, easyJet, EgyptAir, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Etihad Regional, Flybe, Germanwings, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair, Nouvelair, Pegasus Airlines, Qatar Airways, among others. Routes covered from the airport stretch from the many countries in Europe down to Africa and Asia, with a few flights to North America.
Where to go
Geneva is the second most populous city in Switzerland after Zurich and is the most populous city of Romandy, the French-speaking region of the country. It is situated where the Rhone exits Lake Geneva, and is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva.
Geneva is a global city, a financial centre, and a worldwide centre for diplomacy due to the presence of numerous international organizations, including the headquarters of many of the agencies of the United Nations and the Red Cross. Geneva also plays host to the highest number of international organizations in the world, and is also the place where the Geneva Conventions we signed, which chiefly concern the treatment of wartime non-combatants and prisoners of war. The city is also ranked as the world's ninth most important financial centre for competitiveness by the Global Financial Centres Index, ahead of Frankfurt, and third in Europe behind England's London and Zurich, a sister city in Switzerland. A 2009 survey by Mercer also found that Geneva has the third highest quality of life of any city in the world behind Vienna and Zurich, and was named as the world's most compact metropolis.
Tourism wise, Geneva has a rich roster of heritage sites of national significance, while the entire old city of Geneva is part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites. Many of the old buildings in Geneva are still maintained, including various cathedrals, museums, and monuments. Popular destinations include the Cathedral St-Pierre, College Calvin, the Conservatoire and the Botanical Gardens, Hotel de Ville and the Tour Baudet, the Russian Orthodox Church, the Brunswick Monument, Tavel House, and the Notre-Dame Church. Other important sites include the Palace of Nations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, the Reformation Wall, the Grand Theatre, Musee Ariana, Musee d' Art et d' Histoire, Fetes de Geneve, and many more.
Geneva may serve as a traveller's springboard when going around Europe as the country and the city is connected to many destinations in the area. Among those that travellers can visit include France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Austria, The Netherlands, Sweden, Malta, Belgium, and many others. Travellers may also head south to Africa and visit Morocco, one of Africa's beautiful gems.
From Geneva, travellers may explore places in Asia and North America, going as far as China, Japan, and the United States. Other places which travellers may visit on a long-haul flight include Dubai and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates).
How to get out
The Geneva Airport is one of your best bets when going out of the country. Airlines that serve the destination include Air China, British Airways, easyJet, EgyptAir, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Etihad Regional, Flybe, Germanwings, Iberia, KLM, and Lufthansa.