The Zürich international airport is Switzerland’s largest international airport and the twelfth largest in Europe. Is the main hub of the Swiss International Air Lines. The airport serves the city of Zürich and is situated 13 km in the north of central Zürich. The owner of the airport is the Flughafen Zürich AG with its major shareholders being the canton of Zürich and the city of Zürich.
The search for major airport in Switzerland started in 1943 in the canton of Zürich. It is the federal government that chose the site for the airport in 1945 with the control of the Canton of Zürich. The construction started in 1946 and the first was in 1948 through the west runway. There was a new terminal in the airport that was opened for use in 1953 following a large air show which lasted for more than a day. Another terminal at the airport was built in 1971.
The Airport Facilities
There is a fax and photocopy facilities that are found at the service centre in the first floor of the P2 car park. There are also disabled facilities like an accessible toilet, ramps and lifts. The disabled can also get assistance at the special desk that is at the departure halls. The airport has three multistory car parks that are connected to the terminal. There is also a short term car park located a distance away. If you are in need of renting a car, there are car hire companies such as Avis, Budget, Euro Taxi and Europcar located at the Airport Centre in level 1. Zurich airport transfers are also available for pre booking online.
If you are using a car, there is A51 motorway that serves the airport. There are also other main roads that give access to the airport for the central and eastern Switzerland. There is a Zürich Airport railway station that found under the airport terminal. For only an hour, ten trains go to Zürich’s main city centre station. The journey time is only fifteen minutes. In front of the terminal is a regional bus station that provides service to places of destination in the Glattal region.