Key traffic figures May 2021


In May 2021, 450’500 passengers passed through Zurich Airport, approximately 10 times more than during the same period last year. In a year on year comparison to 2019, passenger numbers were 83.4% lower in the reporting month.

The number of local passengers in May 2021 was 362’975, with transfer passengers accounting for 17.9% of the total, or 83’302 passengers.

In May 2021, air traffic movements increased to 8’043 (+162.5% vs. the previous year). Compared to May 2019, air traffic movements decreased by 67.1%. The average passenger per movement figure increased to 92.6 (+44.0% vs. the previous year). The average seat load factor was at 53.8% (+18.8 percentage points vs. the previous year).

In May 2021, a total of 33’644 tons of freight were transported at Zurich Airport. This is an increase in freight volume of 78.0% compared to last year. Compared to May 2019, freight volume decreased by 11.6%.

Increased activity at Zurich Airport

The desire to travel and the easing of travel restrictions by many countries are noticeable at Zurich Airport. The medical situation has steadily improved in recent weeks, at least in large parts of Europe, and the federal government no longer generally advises against travel. Whether family visits, vacations or business appointments - after more than a year of the Corona pandemic, life is gradually returning to Zurich Airport.

Recommendations for travelers

Due to extended document checks, the waiting times at check-in may be longer. We recommend that passengers arrive at Zurich Airport at least two hours prior to departure and, where required, arrive tested and informed about the regulations in their destination countries. This includes information about applicable test certificates as well as entry and quarantine regulations. Passengers are also asked to have all the necessary documents ready at check-in, to ensure the fastest possible processing. Whenever possible, web check-in is also recommended.

Helpful links for travelers

Entry into Switzerland: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html
FOPH list of risk countries: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/liste.html
IATA travel restriction map: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php
Checkport travel hotline: 0900 734 736, https://checkport.info/contact
Corona pandemic information and test center at Zurich Airport: https://www.flughafen-zuerich.ch/en/passengers/news/corona/general-information