Five good reasons to choose Zurich

As Switzerland's most important airport, Zurich Airport offers everything you would expect from a high-performing transport hub. Situated at the heart of Europe, Zurich Airport is not only Switzerland’s gateway to the world, but also the departure point to an important business location and an attractive travel destination.

Large and well-developed catchment area
11 million people live within a two-hour drive of Zurich Airport. This catchment area extends into neighbouring parts of Germany, Austria and France, with the German border just 20 kilometres from the airport terminal. By train, Zurich city center is just a ten-minute ride away, while Lucerne can be reached in 60 minutes and Basel or Bern in 75 minutes. The Swiss Alps are practically on Zurich Airport's doorstep: you can be on a ski slope in just 60 minutes, and Zermatt is only 3.5 hours away by train.

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Switzerland’s key economic figures

Population (2022)



GDP (2022)


 CHF 72'721 per capita

Global Innovation Index


 1st place

Unemployment rate


 2% (September 2023)

Inflation rate  1,6% (August 2023)

Catchment area

11 million people live within a two-hour drive of Zurich Airport. Due to its central location, the catchment area extends into neighbouring Germany, Austria and France.

Catchment Area

Passenger profile

A typical passenger at Zurich Airport is between 25 and 34 years old and takes an average of 1 to 2 flights a year (2022). You can find out more about how passengers travel to Zurich Airport, how long they spend here and their reasons for travel in the latest passenger profile.

  • Greater Zurich Area
  • Switzerland Global Enterprise
  • State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO
  • Office for Economy Zurich

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