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A look back at 2023

Protectas Aviation Security SA, Custodio SA and SPS Société Privée de Sécurité SA – with new security service contracts. These contracts cover the period from 1 November 2023 to 31 October 2028.

After almost three years of absence due to Covid, Air China returned to Geneva.

Air China

Return after the pandemic

A Boeing 777-3F2(ER) of Turkish Airlines carries in its holds some fifteen tonnes of emergency materials, equipment and donations brought together by Swiss, Turkish and Turkish-Swiss associations in French-speaking Switzerland to come to the aid of victims of the earthquake that occurred on 6 February in Turkey and Syria.

United Airlines celebrates twenty years of relations between Switzerland and the United States.

Press conference, review of the year 2022.

Banque cantonale de Zurich raises the rating of Genève Aéroport to BBB+/positive. Same recognition in June from Credit Suisse which raised the rating to High BBB Stable.

Delta Airlines returns to Genève Aéroport for a GVA-JFK connection during the summer season.

Return of

Delta Airlines

Award of two concessions concerning the operation of ground handling services for scheduled and charter air traffic. The companies chosen are Swissport International SA and Aviapartner SAS. In the days that followed, Dnata filed an appeal against this decision.

Official ceremony for the 75th anniversary of the airport rescue and fire-fighting service (SSLIA) in the presence of numerous guests and the godmother of the SSLIA, Nana Mouskouri.


75th anniversary of the SSLIA

Large attendance at the open house at the fire station organised as part of the 75th anniversary festivities.

A group of around one hundred activists break in and damage three different locations on the tarmac late in the morning. Despite the immediate intervention of security and police agents, they managed to infiltrate the exhibition area of EBACE 2023 – the major meeting of business aviation – and handcuff or chain themselves to the aircraft on display. Traffic was interrupted for an hour.

The Board of Directors approves by a large majority the draft new salary policy for Genève Aéroport. This decision confirms the need for a change in remuneration in order to ensure the sustainability of the company.

First strike in the history of Genève Aéroport following the adoption of the draft salary policy. Traffic was completely interrupted for four hours. At the end of the day, a tripartite agreement between Genève Aéroport, SSP and Compers was signed putting an end to the strike.


Handover at the head of the Sales and Development Department between Pierre Germain and Kristina Mees.

Commissioning of the first elements of the new BLC baggage sorting centre. Compliance with the new standard 3 is ensured by the implementation of a manual process while awaiting the complete implementation of the new equipment.

Start of work to replace runway edge lights.

Runway edge lights


Arrival of Air Mauritius in Geneva for the 2023-2024 winter season with two weekly direct flights.

Air Mauritius


In technological partnership with SITA and the airline easyJet, Genève Aéroport installs 30 new terminals and fifteen self-service baggage drops.

Self Bag Drop

 Start of work officially begins for the new P41 car park.

Two FA-18s land at Genève Aéroport during a military exercise.

Announcement by the Board of Directors of the name of the future CEO, Gilles Rufenacht, who will succeed André Schneider in the autumn of 2024.

Public announcement of the winner of the CAP 2030 project. The project should ultimately make it possible to replace the main terminal (T1 of 1968). Genève Aéroport has decided to award the contract relating to the project to Losinger-Marazzi SA-Bouygues Bâtiment International (LMB).


Deployment of GVA commUnity, a new corporate social network.

Le Conseil d’Etat désigne Christian Lüscher comme nouveau président du Conseil d’administration. Il succèdera à Pierre Bernheim au 1er février 2024.

At 17:55, a BeechJet plane which was crossing the runway got stuck on the runway safety zone. This incident paralyses Genève Aéroport’s traffic until 21:49. More than 80 flights are impacted. After a first attempt, the SSLIA managed to raise the plane with an airbag under the wing and clear the runway.

Aircraft incident

13 December 2023

GA-CFF experimentation with a « very early morning » train (with departure at 02:40) between Bienne and Genève Aéroport to allow passengers from the first wave to come to the airport by public transport.

Due to a conflict between management and the SSP union, strike by part of dnata staff from 04:00 until 12:00. The disruptions are contained with three rotations cancelled and a few flights delayed.

Genève Aéroport records 16,482,713 passengers and 172,841 aircraft movements for the entire year.

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