International Airport Review - Stefan Tschudin

In the next instalment of International Airport Review’s exclusive series, Stefan Tschudin, Head of Aviation and Chief Operation Officer at Flughafen Zürich AG, explains the impact of the pandemic on the airport and how the return of reliable, predictable travel is key in restoring passenger confidence.

At Zurich Airport (ZRH), we have been strongly affected by the pandemic. The airport saw passenger numbers plummet by 75 per cent in 2020 compared to 2019. Currently, passenger volume remains at 11-15 per cent. Similarly, revenues also plummeted massively in 2020, especially in the flight operations business. Commerce also had to accept painful revenue losses as a result of the pandemic; this resulted in a net loss for the group of almost CHF 70 million.

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