Zurich Airport - The Gateway to Europe
Flughafen Zürich AG managed Zurich Airport is the largest international airport in Switzerland. It is situated in the community of Kloten in Zurich and is also known as the Kloten Airport. The airport presently has a four star Skytrax ranking along with eight other airports. Due to its location, it is a main gateway to Europe. Zurich Airport was used by 22.9 million passengers in 2010.
Expansion of the Airport
A major expansion of the airport was completed in 2003. This project involved building of a midfield terminal, a parking garage, as well as an automated train for moving people between the present terminals and the new one. The "E" terminal is linked to the main terminals via an underground Skymetro.
Due to its mountains and proximity to tourist resorts in the Alps, the city is many times called the "portal to the Alps". You can hear sounds of the Swiss Alps during the short journey from terminal E to the main terminals.
Central Zurich is just a 12 minute train ride from the Airport.
Trains leave approximately every 10 to 15 minutes; but the frequency is a bit less in early mornings and late evenings, so anyone travelling at this time should see the schedule.
Many bus lines are connecting to the Kloten airport and providing access to Winterthur. The airport is well-connected to the city, so it is convenient to move from there to any part of the city you wish to visit.
A total of 89 airlines fly from Zurich to destinations across the globe. Majority of the big airlines offer flights to Zurich; however, Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is still Switzerland’s main airline and has the biggest share in international passengers at the Zurich airport.
Direct flights are available to 170 destinations in the world, which really makes the airport a gateway to the world. Nearly all large hotels in the city provide shuttle bus services from there to the hotel.
If you don’t have a Schengen Visa for going to another European destination (through the airport) and if you’re not European, you should not be staying in Europe for more than 90 days. If you don’t comply, you may be get fined about € 8100 Euros, if you try to exit Europe through the airport.
A feature of the place is the Airport Center. Open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., it has over 80 shops, restaurants and bars. The grocery stores don’t close until 11 p.m. Shopping at the Airport is an attractive option because the airport can be easily accessed through public transport and there are also plenty of parking facilities.
Zurich Airport Observation Deck
View of Airport Zurich from an Airplane
Inside the Airport
Waiting area @ the airport