15,772,081 passengers arrived at the Geneva airport in 2015, which translated into a 4.1% increase compared to 2014.
The 620,000 additional passengers registered during the calendar year have generated only a small variation in the number of movements (take-offs and landings).
Commercial traffic (line, charter…) thus increased only by 1.16%, while non-commercial traffic (pleasure flying, military flights and flights of the Government…) decreased by 3.72%.
In total, the evolution of aircraft traffic caps in 2015 at 0.66%, with 188,829 movements (compared to 187,596 in 2014).
The increase in demand coming from the Genève Aéroport trading area was met in 2015 through the continuous improvement of connectivity of Geneva. This is mainly due to the opening of new lines and the increased capacity on various destinations.
On the other hand, air freight activity at the Geneva airport declined by 10.3% to 65,074 tonnes.
A barometer of the health of the economy, this sector was impacted by the overall slowdown, and it has even suffered from an increased competition between the Swiss airports in this sector, including exports to the Gulf countries.
Despite the appreciation of the Swiss franc against several other currencies, experts agree however on highlighting the good level of the export volume, which suggests a positive outlook for 2016.
The positive growth of the Genève Aéroport confirms the attractiveness and dynamism of a Canton and a cross-border region that have emerged as a financial, commercial, industrial, tourist, diplomatic, artistic and cultural location.
The 2015 financial results will be published on 6 April 2016, at the same time as the list of airline companies and market shares they hold in this hub.
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