Known as the Kloten Airport, the Zurich Airport is the largest international airport of Switzerland and the principal hub of Swiss International Airlines. It serves the capital and largest city Zurich, and with sufficient and efficient transport links – much of the Swiss country. The airport is owned by Flughafen Zurich AG, and is located 13 kilometres north of central Zurich, as divided between the municipalities of Kloten, Rumlang, Oberglatt, Winkel, and Opfikon.
Since it is one of the busiest airports in this section of Europe, most of its international passenger traffic fly to key cities within the continent. Its busiest route international route is to London, through the Heathrow, Gatwick, and Luton Airports. Next to it goes Berlin, then Vienna, Paris, and finally Amsterdam. Passenger development and movement has hit the 25 million mark in 2014, the highest passenger record since the 1950s and the highest since the last record high of 22.5 million in the year 2000. Airlines that serve the airport include Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, airBaltic, Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air France, AIS Airlines, Air Malta, Air Serbia, Alitalia, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, BH, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, easyKet, and many others. The airport flies to all inhabited continents sans Australia, connecting the country to most parts of the world and even to several remote countries.
The Zurich Airport is a multi-building complex that has airline check-in areas, a shopping mall, a railway station, car parks, and a bus and tram terminal. It has three airside piers, known as terminals A, B, and E. It is also listed as Gates A, B/D, and E, so don't be confused if you encounter such listings. A central air-side building called Airside Centre, built in 2003, is directly linked to terminals A and B, which take the form of finger piers.
The terminals of the airport are somewhat formatted like the other airports within the Schengen area, where a dedicated terminal is for use of flights going to and from Schengen countries. Terminal A, which was opened in 1972, is exclusively used by flights going to and from the Schengen Area, including domestic flights to Switzerland. Terminal B is the oldest of the three (opened in 1971 and refurbished in November 2011), designed to handle both Schengen and non-Schengen flights at the same gates. Lastly, Terminal E, also known as the midfield terminal, is entirely used by non-Schengen flights.
Services and Facilities
Apart from passenger services and facilities, the airport also has commercial and retail facilities for the passengers to enjoy. It also has complete ground transportation services, and cargo and freight service. Passengers can enjoy one hour of free Internet use. Those who have limited/reduced mobility need not worry because Zurich Airport is equipped to handle your needs at the airport and before your flight and during. Money exchange and banking services are also available. In case of emergency, there are medical personnel ready to assist you. Lost your passport? The airport’s emergency passport office can issue replacement passports. Lost something? Swissport's Lost & Found service can help you. In addition, the airport also has a chaplaincy, the Border Veterinary Service, and the City of Zurich's Protection and Rescue Services.