The Swiss International Airports Association (SIAA) lobbies for a competitive regulatory environment so airports can continue to grow in line with demand in future. SIAA comments on relevant political and administrative issues.


Maintaining existing operating hours at Swiss airports

  • Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Switzerland's international airports constitute key transport infrastructure of national importance. Regional airports operating scheduled flights make a vital contribution to the attractiveness of their region. If they are to meet the demand for air travel and air freight in future, and hence continue to play a major role in supporting the Swiss economy, airports and their users need competitive operating hours.

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Ensuring the development of Switzerland's international airports in line with demand

  • Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Together with the airlines, Switzerland's airports connect the country to the world's major cities. As it is heavily reliant on foreign trade, the Swiss economy will continue to depend on this extensive aviation network well into the future. If the capacity constraints that already exist at peak times at Zurich and Geneva airports are not to be further exacerbated, the airports must be permitted to develop in line with demand.

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Sovereign security costs must be borne by the public purse

  • Monday, December 04, 2017

In its 2016 aviation policy report, the Federal Council notes that the threat level posed by unlawful interference with civil aviation remains high. The greatly extended programme of measures taken to date to counter such threats has led to a massive rise in security costs for the aviation industry. The majority of unlawful acts committed are directed against the state, but the costs of countermeasures are largely borne by the aviation industry.

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Airports are investing millions in sound insulation

  • Sunday, December 03, 2017

Aviation is vital for Switzerland's economy and its people. An extensive network of flights to the world's major cities ensures Switzerland remains internationally connected. This results in exposure to noise in the vicinity of airports. To protect local residents from excessive air traffic noise, the airports and airlines are investing substantial sums of money in sound insulation measures.

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Revised rules on goods imported by passengers

  • Tuesday, July 01, 2014

On 2 April 2014, the Federal Council made some changes to the regulations relating to the tax treatment of goods imported by passengers. These came into force on 1 July 2014. Alcohol and tobacco products are now to be counted as part of the CHF 300 value limit for bringing goods into Switzerland. SIAA objects to this aspect of the revision as it fears it will have a negative impact on duty-free and arrival duty-free shopping at Swiss airports.

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New rules for ground crew

  • Friday, June 14, 2013

On 14 June 2013, the Federal Council approved an amendment to the 2nd ordinance (ArGV2) under the Swiss Employment Act (Arbeitsgesetz) which sets out new rules for aviation ground crew. The new provision specifies a minimum of 18 free Sundays, provided that certain conditions are met. The amendment comes into force on 1 August 2013. SIAA has announced its support for the new rules.

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Partial revision of customs legislation

  • Friday, March 15, 2013

The Federal Department of Finance (FDF) has announced its intention to revise the Swiss Customs Act of 18 March 2005. SIAA objects to the proposed regulations as they would have a negative impact on duty-free shopping and air freight business at airports.

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Arrival duty-free at Swiss airports

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2011

On 20 April 2011, the Federal Council adopted the Federal Act on the Purchase of Goods in Duty-Free Shops at Airports, to enter into effect on 1 June 2011. The new law also enables passengers arriving from abroad to shop in duty-free stores in Swiss airports in future. As a result of the anticipated shift in purchases from stores abroad to ones in Switzerland, additional jobs will be created and additional revenue generated in the duty-free shops. SIAA supports the setting up of arrival duty-free sales outlets. The Federal Act on the Purchase of Goods in Duty-Free Shops at Airports was drawn up on the basis of motion 06.3211 (purchase of duty-free goods on returning from abroad) submitted by National Council member Hans Kaufmann on 11 May 2006.

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