Zurich Airport to Extend Runways Following Resident Approval

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Zurich Airport to Extend Runways Following Resident Approval
Zurich Airport to Extend Runways Following Resident Approval

Zurich Airport (ZRH) has local residents’ approval for a major project to enhance safety and operational reliability.

ZRH plans to invest over $283 million in extending two of its three runways, marking a significant step forward for the airport’s future.

Project construction set for 2030

After receiving approval from Zurich residents, ZRH is ready to start constructing the runway extensions.

The project, expected to begin in 2030, will see the extension of Runway 28 and Runway 32 by several hundred meters.

ZRH CEO Lukas Brosi thanked the community for their support and trust, stressing the importance of a safe and stable airport in the future.

Enhancing the quality of airport operations

The project primarily extends runway slopes, with Runway 32 gaining 280 meters and Runway 28 extending by 400 meters.

These changes, along with new taxiways, will improve safety and operational reliability.

ZRH clarified that the runway extensions aim to reduce delays during bad weather, not increase capacity.

Engagement and dialogue with the local community

The runway extension approval highlights ZRH’s commitment to ongoing dialogue with local stakeholders, emphasizing community engagement.

Brosi stressed ZRH’s commitment to community discussions, addressing concerns, and enhancing operations.

ZRH also listed the benefits of the runway extension project, including reduced nighttime operations to allow residents more uninterrupted sleep.

Project to improve overall airport and travel experience

The project is a timely and commendable move, given the Swiss’ love for travel.

Last year, travel app Visited released a list of country destinations most frequented by Swiss travelers. Notably, the United States was the only country outside Europe that entered the top 10.

Being eligible under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), Swiss nationals can enter the U.S. via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

With an approved ESTA, Swiss nationals can stay in the U.S. for up to 90 days without needing a visa.