Different operating concepts

In order to ensure safe and stable operations at the airport throughout the year and in all weather conditions while taking account of statutory and political requirements, Zurich Airport needs different operating concepts.

Zurich Airport's operating regulations, the German implementing regulation (DVO) and the prevailing weather conditions determine which operating concept is used at Zurich Airport.

North, east and south concepts
Flug routes

The framework conditions result in three different operational concepts with defined take-off and landing runways and related departure and approach routes. Depending on the approach direction, these are designated the north, east and south concepts.

Explanatory videos (German only):

Operating concepts explained

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